In Glen Innes, we are lucky enough to have the incredible Glen Innes and District Historical Society Inc. This society was formed in 1968 is responsible for running the wonderful Land of the Beardies History House Museum and Research Centre in Glen Innes.
With winter well and truly here, it is a perfect time to spend a day or two exploring the Museum. However, we encourage you to wrap up warmly as the Beardies History House Museum and Research Centre is in the old Glen Innes District Hospital building which is built around an open courtyard so best to be warm! If you want to warm up though, the courtyard can be a beautiful place to sit on a sunny day and you can even make yourself a cup of tea, coffee or milo!
The Beardies History House Museum is essential a folk museum with their collection coming almost exclusively from the district of Glen Innes. The Glen Innes and District Historical Society negotiated the least of the old Glen Innes District Hospital building and open the museum on the 24th January in 1970. The Society commenced this amazing venture without any grants of funds and were grateful to receive several substantial donations. Despite the lack of finances, the small group of members worked for months, transforming the rundown neglected building into the Beardies History House Museum.
The committee can be very proud of what the early members achieved and what the existing members continue to achieve. Today there are over 10,000 items on display and the Research Centre has over 300,000 cards recoding the history of the area.
Winter is quite a popular time of the year to delve into your family history. The Research Centre has extensive resources to help with both local families and from elsewhere. There is a basic charge of $30 for onsite research and $40 to post. They welcome groups and coaches and can also do catering in terms of morning and afternoon teas and lunch. You just need to book ahead!
Perfect for the school holidays and to entertain the kids, the Beardies History House Museum has a new display – The Diprotodon cabinet which shows bones from the Diprotodon Opatum that roamed this area about 20,000 years ago! The kids will love it! It looked something like a very large prehistoric wombat!
Keep in mind a couple of big dates coming up for the Society.
Fashion Parade on Saturday 19th October 2019 at the Town Hall. This will be an evening event and should be a fabulous evening. Keep in mind that the Rest Point Motor Inn is just around the corner from the Town Hall so is a perfect place to stay if wanting to make an evening of it.
Village Fair at the Museum and Australia Day Celebrations 2020.
The Glen Innes Australia Day Committee is conducting Australia Day 2020 at the museum on their Village Fair which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the opening of the museum in 1970.
There will be the Free Australia Day Breakfast and the usual Australia Day ceremonies
The Beardies History House Museum is open:
Weekdays 10am to Midday and 1pm to 4pm
Weekends 1pm to 4pm
Public Holiday’s and Long Weekends 9am to 4pm
Phone: 02 6732 1035
Adults $10, concessions $6 and children a gold coin.
There are several activities in the museum especially for children so a perfect school holiday treat.