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Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum - Maryborough


Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum is reopening in August, 2020.

A visit to Brennan and Geraghty’s Store Museum - Maryborough is a must. Discover the 1870s era store with its collection of products and paperwork going back over 140 years. Here you can take your children through a twentieth-century retail experience in this fascinating museum trapped in time with some items of stock dating back as far as the 1890s.

Discover shelf after shelf of products used in an era when the latest technology was a wireless radio when milk was still delivered by hand in a glass bottle that was washed and returned for reuse and decades of records were handwritten into huge volumes!  

The National Trust of Australia (Queensland) has been dedicated to conserving Australia’s environmental, built and cultural heritage through amazing properties like Maryborough’s Brennan & Geraghty’s Store Museum. 

Maryborough is also known for being the birthplace of Mary Poppins’ author, Pamela Lyndon Travers – this is just one of the things to do in Maryborough. Celebrate Marybouroghs connection to Mary Poppins by enjoying the annual Mary Poppins Festival, which has been a popular for the past 12 years.

The trip from Hervey Bay to Maryborough is an easy 20 minutes and once you arrive you will be presented with a town rich in history where you can explore heritage buildings, statues and memorials and museums with a colonial past. 

If you’re travelling from Brisbane to Maryborough, the Tilt Train is a great way to travel. You can sit back and enjoy the stunning scenery in Southern Queensland.

Brennan and Geraghty’s Store is open for exploration 11 months of the year only closing mid-February for annual maintenance. Locals and tourists can experience this location for a small entry fee.
 

Plan Your Visit


Address

64 Lennox Street, Maryborough, Queensland, 4650

Open Hours

Monday to Thursday
10am to 3pm (last entry at 2pm)

Phone

07 4121 2250

Email

bgmuseum@bigpond.com

Entry Fees

Adult - $5.50
Concessions/Groups - $4
Families - $13.50
Children under 15 - $2.50
National Trust members - free

While We Were Closed


Throughout the COVID-19 closure, Brennan & Geraghty’s Store Museum has been undergoing a total conservation clean of its collections. We have been busy with the removal of all objects from display, cleaning those objects, wrapping them in acid free tissue and boxing them up to enable ease of returning those items to the shelves. These objects are catalogued to a particular shelf or location within the building and will be returned to the same place for our reopen. Once the pack-up is complete we will be able to do a full interior building clean as well as a total exterior low-pressure wash. We will also be able to flush out the gutters without the risk of water that may enter the building from damaging fragile collection items.

We are waiting in anticipation to re-open in early August and look forward to seeing you again very soon.

History


Established in 1871 by brothers-in-law Patrick Brennan and Martin Geraghty, the store remained in the same family for 101 years, until its closure in 1972. The doors closed on over 50,000 stock items, in addition to the store’s trading records. Following acquisition in 1975 by the National Trust, Brennan & Geraghty’s Store was reopened as a heritage museum with an interesting twist on consumerism.

These records, and the goods left on the shelves, show how retail trading once was conducted in a regional Queensland town.

The Brennan & Geraghty’s Store complex includes the store itself, a stable, a cottage and ‘Uskerty’, the early twentieth-century residence built by Martin Geraghty. All are constructed in light-frame timber and iron, with parts of the store, including the fittings, recycled from other buildings previously located on the site.

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