Workshop Program 22 April – Expressing and Preserving Your Story

Our exciting workshop program has been finalised for our Open Day – Expressing and Preserving Your Story on 22 April 10-4 as part of the regional Heritage Festival. Come along and spread the word!Flyer for Open Day 22 April 2017 copy

Open Day – 22 April 2017 – Expressing & Preserving Your Story

Come along to our Queanbeyan Museum Open Day on 22 April! Workshops on Oral History, Scrapbooking, Researching, Writing, Poetry, Looking After Your Collection will take place between 10- 4. QPRC Annual Heritage Awards at 12 noon.

Open Day Flyer

A Mysterious Night @ the Museum

Night at Museum

A Mysterious Night @ the Museum

You may have visited a museum alone, but what about under the cover of darkness?
What unusual and intriguing treasures might come to life in such a light – or without one?

Join author Nichole Overall and her team for another unique Winter Tour event when you’ll have the chance to explore Queanbeyan’s House of History, formerly the Police Sergeant’s residence of 1876, in a totally exclusive way.

Get up close and personal with items linked to local tales of mayhem, murder and the macabre, and become even more deeply involved by trying to help solve one of the town’s oldest enduring mysteries – the case of the disappearing grave.

You’ll walk a mile only a select few ever travel down, deep below another of the city’s prominent buildings, and experience first-hand a Queanbeyan of bushrangers, prison escapees and death sentences as we give up another of its most closely-guarded secrets.

But there’s yet more of the unknown to see – or not. Visit one of this area’s most significant heritage locations that also just happens to be one of the earliest burial grounds and which has borne witness to more than its share of tragedy as well as, according to many, the otherworldly.

In the words of Dracula himself, ‘we want you to believe … to believe in things that you cannot’, so come with us and share in a night of mystery where the only thing we promise is that nothing will be quite as it seems.

Numbers are strictly limited.

Date: August 27th
Time 8pm till 10.30pm (approx.)
Cost: $60pp including a light supper, with part of the proceeds donated to the Queanbeyan & District Historical Museum to continue their important work in being the keepers of our story.

Pollard’s Blacksmith Shop

Museum Musings- A QDHMS series published in the Queanbeyan Age


One of the treasures of the Queanbeyan Museum is a Blacksmith Shop, from about 1900.  It is a slab structure, with later repairs to the walls and installation of a new corrugated iron roof made by QDHMS. It contains tools of the smith’s trade including: bellows, forge, and hand made tools, donated by Keith Pollard (1924-2007). Donation of an anvil came from the James Francis Denny collection and the farrier’s clamp from Philip Cancillier.

The Pollard family are graziers in the Michelago district, near Queanbeyan. The Museum’s blacksmith shop came from their property Tinderry Vale. It is believed the structure was on the property when purchased from the Egan family, who originally settled the property in 1863. Two bachelor brothers, Dave and Tom were the last of the Egans and they could have built the smithy.

 The Work of the Blacksmith

These were the days when useful items had to be made by hand. The smith created items from iron or steel by forging the metal, which was heated until it glowed red, then orange, yellow and white would be the hottest. The ideal heat for forging is a bright yellow orange colour. The smithy worked in dim conditions so he could judge the right colour of the metal. In order to get the heat required to forge iron a large bellows was used to blow a stream of air over the bed of charcoal or coke in the forge to make it burn faster. Tools were used to hammer, bend, cut and shape objects against the anvil to produce items such as horseshoes, farm tools, nails, latches, hinges, hammers, axes, chisels, fitted iron tires and hub rings for carts.

The advent of the motor car, tractors and manufactured goods spelt the end of the usefulness of the blacksmith shop.