This National Trust museum houses a large collection of photographs, equipment and other memorabilia that reflects Charters Towers’ golden and military past. Their friendly volunteers are only too willing to share their special stories and demonstrate some of the equipment that is housed in the historic Burns Philp building, built in 1888.
Ask for a demonstration of the flying fox (the Lampson Aerial Cash System from the old Pollards building). There are many other items too that will pull you into the drama and excitement that was Charters Towers 130 odd years ago.
History buffs and collectors can put themselves to the test with the Museum’s display of objects that so far have defied efforts to identify or date and the volunteers are delighted to show them off.
Charters Towers has a proud military history from the Boer to Vietnam wars, housed in the Charles Wallace Military display. One of the more poignant pieces from World War I is a pair of half knitted socks, abandoned when a mum received news that her son had been killed, they are displayed exactly as she left them 100 years ago.
Allow half an hour at least.
Coach Parking Family History & Heritage International Interpretive Centre
Children (age 4 to 17) AUD2.
Charters Towers locals AUD5.
National Trust members Free.