The Queensland Dairy Industry Museum in Murgon will be opening for extended hours on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1.
Between 9:00am and 3:00pm, the Museum will be showcasing the wonders of yesteryear with its extensive collection of local buildings, each housing wonderful displays of historical artifacts.
The Dairy Industry Museum is located at 2 Sommerville Street on the southern side of Murgon, just off the Gayndah Road.
It was established in 1988 to recognise the importance that dairying once played in the area.
Dairying began in the Murgon area in the early 1900s when the railway came to the town, and grew quickly after a local progress association successfully agitated for a railway goods shed in 1908.
However, most milk and cream produced in Murgon at that time was railed to Tiaro. And to avoid losing suppliers to a new factory that had opened in Kingaroy, Murgon and Tiaro interests combined to open a butter factory at Murgon in 1913.
Branch lines opening up the Proston and Windera areas in the 1920s expanded dairying production even further.
This, in turn, led to the enlargement of the Murgon butter factory in 1928 and later the creation of the Murgon Cheese Factory, which operated until 1995.
The Museum is a treasure trove of historic buildings and memorabilia that chronicle all this history.
Its large complex houses several historic buildings including Trinity House (c. 1893), an original Burnett slab construction homestead; Castra, the first house built in Murgon (c. 1904); the old Bank Of NSW building (c. 1906); and an old chapel (1932).
The Museum’s collection includes:
- Newspapers from 1800
- Wage books, 1930 from the Butter Factor in Murgon
- All machinery used in dairy farming, from 1890-2000
- Large butter vats
- Cheese-making machines
- Powdered milk machines
- Butter boxes, cream separators
- Collection of old exchanges and phones
- Books dating back to the 1800
- A very large lapidary collection
- …and much more!
Admission to the Museum is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
You can contact the Dairy Industry Museum by phoning (07) 4169-5001.