Monday, January 18, 2016

The Millicent museum

My place in time #85 - Where I was at 11:11 am
 
I've been meaning for so long to take the kids to the local museum. It's usually one of those things that locals just don't do.
 
Summer wasn't happy though. She didn't want to climb up on the train because "it might take off", and she was scared to go in any of the buildings. Fair enough they were dark (we had to turn the lights on our self), and it was full of old stuff. Maybe she sensed more 'old stuff" in there than we did. We went through a lot quicker, and it took a lot of convincing and patience. I would have loved to have a closer look.
 
Kicking myself I didn't take any photos in the Geltwood room. The things salvaged from the 1876 shipwreck are just amazingly beautiful in their fragility and ornateness.
 
To the credit of the museum it has an awesome collection of horse drawn wagons, buggies and carts in superb condition. Fab to see how people and businesses got around in the olden days. 
 

This wheel was one of the highlights of my childhood. It was accessible to the public and not fenced when I was a child. For twenty cents, it would turn for a couple of minutes. How many times did we beg our parents for twenty cents to make it go? Now it is only accessible via the museum entrance. It's free now, and Izzy was happy to push the power button. The little kid in me was happy, but in bewilderment as why this was such great entertainment!

Steam train



Whaling equipment from Beachport, for rendering down blubber and a whale bone.





John was my great-great grandad.

Now here's a vehicle to be seen dead in.

Check those patterned pants (22) from 1932! They'd sell like hotcakes today. I want a pair!



The silk taffeta on the left was made for and worn by Maggie Tabberer in 1982. WTF 1982?!

Husband was mentioning he'd like to get a dishwasher. Me being me, I said "I don't need a dishwasher!". Bit like the owner of this kitchen saying "I don't need an electric oven".....

Creepy but interesting. Some of these dolls are over 100 years old. Doo Doo, Doo Doo.


The Christmas tree competition entries were still on display in the tourist centre, so we checked them out too. This first one is my favourite and pretty well sums up my silly season, but with cheaper wine.






16 comments:

  1. Love those xmas trees! I hear you on the museums - time just gets away!

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    1. The Christmas were all so well constructed. Some clever clogs out there.

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  2. I really enjoy these local museums. They often have things that are so interesting and give you the opportunity to see something that otherwise might have slipped through the cracks. Maggie's dress is quite hilarious! Very dramatic!

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    1. I am sure there were lots of other clothes there that had an interesting history. Summer didn't love this room either and we did it rather quickly. It would be great to have a longer look.

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  3. How special to see your own great great grand dad's made shoes in the museum!

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    1. Mum told me to look out for them. Glad I spotted them, although can't help think how uncomfortable they looked!

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  4. My grandad was a cobbler, too, but I've never seen his handy work. But you've inspired me to try and find a local museum in our neck of the woods, see what it's got to offer.

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  5. How cool are those Christmas trees. What an interesting museum.

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    1. Mega cool. I love that wine bottle one. It could totally be my advent calendar :)

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  6. I love the clothes.. Some are even trendy again.

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    1. Exactly. There is something definitely good about vintage clothing. Probably better made than some we buy in the shops now!

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  7. An interesting place to visit. What is it with kids and buttons for things that move? It is a shame about the fence though. The clothing is certainly interesting. I like a bit of history. I keep thinking I should head back to the historical village on the Atherton Tablelands for a look.

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    1. Always something interesting to see. As long as you have the time to really look. I loved the Geltwood shipwreck room.

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  8. I think looking at things like this from long ago is so interesting. I actually like the doll bed...although I agree old dolls are creepy.

    Thanks for hosting and have a great week :)

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  9. Fun pictures and memories. It looks like a great place to visit. Thanks for the opportunity to connect in the link-up too!

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