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The Land of the Beardies Museum is housed in the old Glen Innes Hospital, which dates back to 1877. The museum has grown to become one of the great folk museums in Australia.
The collection comes from the town and district, mirroring the history and development of families, businesses, properties, public utilities, churches, industries, schools and more. In the spacious grounds are numerous examples of early farming machinery.
The museum is a great place to delve into local or family history, with a collection of 13,000 photographs, maps, books and over 300,000 records cross-referenced with Glen Innes Examiner newspaper articles, Government Gazettes and more.
The historic village of Emmaville in the Glen Innes Highlands is home to the Emmaville Mining Museum - the dream of Mr and Mrs Jack Curnow who ran the Emmaville Bakery.
After closing the bakery in 1969, they used the shop to display their vast collection of minerals and photographs. Their collection was bequeathed to the community in the hope that the town could start a museum.
The local council purchased the old Foley’s Store in Emmaville and volunteers began re-modelling the building to house the Curnow collection. As the collection grew, the museum expanded.
Behind the museum is Foley’s General Store Museum, a replica blacksmith’s shop, an old wood-fired bakery, and a machinery shed filled with old mining equipment and farming implements.
There’s also the interior of a hessian-lined miner’s hut, a collection of over 400 photographs of the old mines, miners, and the Emmaville community, and a beautiful collection of 1,500 bottles.
Today, the museum that houses the renowned Curnow mineral collection is also home to the Jillet, Gilbey, Ellis, Schumacher, Trethewey, Hermann, Maskey, Meyers-Gleave and Fletcher collections.
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Acknowledgement of Country
Glen Innes Highlands acknowledges and pays respect to the Ngoorabul people as the traditional custodians of this land, their elders past, present and emerging, and to Torres Strait Islander people and all First Nations people.
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