"preserving the past for future generations"

EARLY COMMUNICATION

Party line phones, rotary dial phones and early mobile phones. As well as an early Post Office Exchange switchboard.

 

EARLY LABOUR WARD

This bed was used in the "Chinnock" private hospital Gilgandra during the 1st half of the 1900's. Possibly half of Gilgandra's senior            citizens came into the world on this bed!

 

THE SUNSHINE HARVESTER

Hugh Victor McKay, with his father and brother, had built a prototype stripper-harvester by January 1885 and patented the Sunshine Harvester on the 24th March 1885 which revolutionised wheat harvesting and sold throughout the world. He successfully commercialised his invention and had them built under contract in Melbourne and Bendigo before opening a factory in Ballarat in 1888.

 

THE TITAN TRACTOR

This tractor was made in 1923 and although capable of being used as a normal tractor was mainly used as a stationary engine for chaff cutting etc.

 

HORSE-TREADER WINNOWER

Made in the 1890's this machine was operated by a horse and a couple of men and was used to clean and thresh the heads of the crops. It could manage 25 bags or more per hour.

 

BROWN & MAY STEAM ENGINE

This 6 HP engine powered the "Berida" sheep station shearing shed from about 1910 to the early 1950's when it was replaced by elecric motors.

 

THE RIDLEY STRIPPER

The shortage of labour in South Australia led to the invention of a stripper harvester that mechanised the reaping of wheat by flour miller, John Ridley, in 1843. The Ridley stripper saved farmers the labourious task of harvesting the wheat by hand. The stripper was horse drawn so allowed quicker and more efficient harvesting.

 

THE HOWARD ROTARY HOE

The powered rotary hoe was invented by Arthur Clifford Howard in Gilgandra, NSW, Australia, in 1920. His earliest designs threw the tilled soil sideways until he improved his invention by designing an L shaped blade mounted on flanges fixed to a rotor.  There are several different designs on display at the museum.                  

 

THE SEWING MACINES

In this room there are several different brands of sewing machines including Singer and Frister & Rossmann. Also a boot stitcher. There are various old household items and old department store advertising posters from around 1930. Did you know that in 1932 a 3 piece lounge suite cost about $30?

 

THE UARGON SUBSIDISED SCHOOL.

Under the subsidised school system parents provided a building, a teacher and the teacher's board and lodging. The government subsidised the teacher's wages and provided school supplies. Subsidised schools were established at many locations throughout the Gilgandra shire but one of the few remaining examples left is the the Uargon "university" and it is on display at the museum.

THE UARGON SUBSIDISED SCHOOL - INTERIOR

Feel free to go inside the school room and imagine how a lot of bush kids were educated in time gone by. Perhaps even add your name to the blackboard.

 

 

THE MUSIC ROOM

In this room are pianos, organs, different old time radios and radiograms. As well as gramophones and sheet music .

 

THE TOORAWEENAH GAOL - CIRCA 1898

 

 

ABORIGINAL ARTIFACTS

 

ABORIGINAL ARTIFACTS

 

THE MILKING SHED

 

YESTERDAYS FAMILY TRANSPORT

 

THE DOCTOR'S SURGERY

In this room are many different types of medical instruments.

 

THE BLACKSMITH SHOP

The 3 walls of this blacksmith shop and the sandstone blocks of the forge were part of a "Cobb and Co" blacksmith shop "Combalonga", Tooraweenah

 

"BERIDA" STATION BOOK-KEEPERS RESIDENCE AND OFFICE.

It was built around 1890 and moved to the museum in 1997.

 

 

THE JELBART TRACTOR

This early (1913) Australian made tractor had fairly low horsepower and was mainly used for belt work to drive chaff cutters and saw mills etc. This particular tractor was bought new from McClure Bros of Gilgandra in 1913 and has remained in the same family ever since.

 

THE ROYAL MAIL SULKY

This sulky was used from 1945 to 1955. From 1955 to 1965 a Holden utility was used. The mail runs were from Gilgandra to Mahers Hill road, Balladooran and back to Gilgandra. Also to Sandy Lane, Everton, Townsend Lane and Leeches Creek Road. Deliveries were made on Monday and Thursday on the 1st run and Tuesday and Friday on the 2nd run.