The National Trust is the custodian of collections of artefacts important to the history of Queensland and its inhabitants.
We operate a number of heritage sites, and special places from Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in the South to our museum in Cooktown in the North. We are custodians for many historically significant objects including artefacts from the World Wars, indigenous collections, as well as stunning ceramics, furniture and artwork to name a few.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
At Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary we are known for the wildlife, but we are also proud to have two Hugh Sawrey artwork pieces including the piece titles ‘How this land was wrought.’ The impressive artwork is 250cm x 1140cm in size and depicts Australian Outback life in the mid-1800s. The mural was commissioned by the Sanctuary’s founder Alex Griffiths in 1972.
This historic farmhouse features a fine collection of early Australian items including the Goggs family bibles, silver cutlery and a travelling trunk and a secretaire bookcase made by one of Queensland’s first cabinetmakers. Wolston Farmhouse also houses National Trust collections of over 1000 everyday items which are on display for the public to view.
Royal Bull’s Head Inn
Royal Bull’s Head Inn has some of its original wall coverings including calico wallpaper stretched between studs, newspaper used to decorate the walls telling the stories of times gone by, as well as ornate wallpaper in blue gold. The Inn contains original artifacts and furnishings from the Lynch family who resided there for over 90 years after the hotel ceased trading.
Brennan & Geraghty’s
The fascinating Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum is a store trapped in time, complete with original trading records, stock dating back to the 1890s and over 100,000 relics after the owners left the store in 1972. The grocery store was operated by one family from 1871.
Townsville Heritage Centre
Townsville Heritage Centre brings together three styles of architecture including a worker’s cottage, a farmhouse and the villa residence ‘Currajong’.‘Currajong’ displays Chinese and Japanese artefacts, from when Townsville was the home of the first Japanese Consulate in Australia over a hundred years ago.
Zara Clark Museum
Zara Clark has an amazing collection of objects on display. One of the more significant collection items is from World War I. It is a pair of half knitted socks, abandoned when a devastated mother received the dreaded news that her son had been killed at war. They are displayed as she left them over 100 years ago.
Hou Wang Chinese Temple
The Hou Wang Chinese Temple and Museum site was chosen by the Chinese settlers during the 1800s. The temple is the only one of its type remaining and dedicated to Hou Wang outside of China. This Chinese museum has an ornate interior with original wood carvings. You can discover the amazing collections in the interpretive museum have interactive displays with its ‘world-first’ artefact scanner.
James Cook Museum
Our James Cook Museum houses an original anchor from the Endeavour. It was thrown overboard after Lieutenant James Cook’s ship became stuck on the Great Barrier Reef on what is now known as the Endeavour River in 1770. It lay on the seabed for 200 years until a recovery effort in 1971. The cannon from the ship is also on display.
Grandchester Railway Station
Lamps were used by station staff at Grandchester Railway Station to light their way around the yard and for shunting and signalling purposes. The lamp at right would have hung behind the signal arm, which had coloured glass pane sections that moved between red and green, controlling the movement (stop or go) of trains at night.