A craft co-op in a disused school - the story behind Magnetic Museum

07 June 2016

Discover more about Magnetic Museum’s 20 year evolution from craft co-operative to museum in a free talk by local historian Zanita Davies at the Museum of Tropical Queensland on Tuesday 12 July at 12pm.

One of the original community volunteers instrumental in establishing Magnetic Museum, Mrs Davies said Magnetic Museum plays a vital role in preserving and communicating the history of Magnetic Island.

“Changing exhibitions focus on different aspects of Island history with the current exhibition Wrecked presenting information about both popular and lesser known shipwrecks around the Island,” she said.

“The Museum operates from the heritage-listed Picnic Bay school and relocated Butler Hut and has a reading and reference room for the public to access all types of Island heritage information and even family histories.”

Like most local museums, Magnetic Museum is managed and operated by volunteers.

“We’ve got lots of passion, but not a lot of dollars,” Mrs Davies said.

The talk is one of several programs supporting Townsville’s 150 anniversary celebrations, including a significant exhibition, Townsville turns 150: the old and the news, which presents stories and personalities that have shaped the city’s growth.

The talk is part of the Museum of Tropical Queensland’s Discover More Talk series, held on the second Tuesday of each month.

Visit mtq.qm.qld.gov.au for more information.

Entry to the Museum is free for Townsville and Burdekin locals on Tuesday 12 July as one of the monthly free days sponsored by Townsville City Council and Burdekin Shire Council. 

Through the support of their councils, locals from Charters Towers and Hinchinbrook receive free entry to the Museum.

The Museum of Tropical Queensland, part of the Queensland Museum Network, is open from 9.30am-5pm daily.