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Welcome to the web site of the Gold Coast Hinterland Heritage Museum.

This site has been set up to inform members and non-members about our activities and forthcoming events.

Please take some time to look around, add this site to your favourites and visit us often.


The Museum was a vision of Sue Shepherd who talked to other community members about how our heritage is being lost with many families leaving the district. Sue organised several people to come along to a meeting in June 2001 where she outlined her vision of a heritage museum in Mudgeeraba.

It was agreed that there was a need for such a museum in the district and from there the museum committee was formed.

We had a lot of advice from people with knowledge of what is required - Dan Robinson from Qld Museum came along to an early meeting to let us know what we should do to go about establishing the museum. Steve Gill from GCCC also spoke to us about the council's views on our proposal.

By October 2001 we had established the Rule of the Association, which outlined our aims and objectives. We were incorporated in November 2001.

We spent a lot of time researching what we needed to do to establish the museum through visiting other Museums - Tamborine Mountain Heritage Centre and Stanthorpe Museum. We have also attended workshops and conferences at other Museums.

Most of the members of the Management Committee have connections with pioneering families in the district and have collected over the years a lot of memorabilia that their ancestors used in the early days of settlement of this area.

We have received an enormous amount of support from our local councillor, Ted Shepherd, and the Gold Coast City Council. Cr Shepherd has contributed financially [annual Division 9 donation] and personally with advice and assistance in anything we endeavour. The Council has supported us in many ways, particularly in rates reduction and an interest free loan.

We have spent a lot of time fundraising with Bush Dances, Raffles, Catering, BBQ's and open days at the Museum. We have also received grants from The Mudgeeraba Foundation [for computer software], Gambling Community Benefit Fund [for computer hardware and building materials], Volunteer Small Equipment Grant [for Quikshade and ride-on mower].

‘Friends of the Museum’ was established in 2003, for anyone that shares our same interest in preserving the history of our region. Members of ‘Friends’ have been a great asset in assisting the committee in the work involved in setting up the museum.

The Museum will be a living and working place, where every activity of a pioneer family's day that it is possible to re-create, will be on show. We have several historically significant buildings on site - Okey House, Franklin house, Nerang Railway Station, a Cream Shed, and Tallebudgera Jailhouse. All these buildings were donated to the Museum.

We have built a dairy, blacksmith's shop, and a slab hut.

The ‘Blokes Big Shed’ houses a multitude of pioneering memorabilia. This shed was constructed with assistance from Mudgeeraba Rotary Club and Gold Coast City Council. We have Col and Clarice Boundy's “Home Sweet Home” campsite set up at one end of the shed. This is a replica of a Gold Coast Hinterland pioneers home. Col and Clarice donated the campsite to the Museum when they retired from taking the campsite to schools, shopping centres, etc as an educational tool. Col entertains visitors on special occasions.

The shed is a bloke's heaven, and is full of tools and items of interest to make a bloke happy. Displayed in the shed are hand tools and implements used by the Hinterland pioneers. The latest addition in the shed is a butcher's shop and a general store.

Dedicated and Officially opened by Cr Ron Clarke MBE, Mayor, Gold Coast City Council, and Cr Ted Shepherd, Division 9 Councillor and Patron.
9 October 2004.