The Queensland Women's Historical Association Inc

'Miegunyah' (1886) is a colonial home built when the local tradition was at its most ornate and opulent. It functions as a House Museum and headquarters of the Queensland Women's Historical Association. It is set in a tranquil leafy garden in historic Bowen Hills. The Association's comprehensive collection of personal and household items not only interprets this lifestyle but also enables regular changing exhibitions on wide ranging subjects. The building itself encapsules the late 19th century middle class Brisbane lifestyle. Within its collection it holds major items of memorabilia from Sir George and Lady Bowen, Sir Samuel and Lady Griffith, and the Gilbert Elliott family, among other innumerable items. As an historical association it provides a monthly lecture programme, seminars and workshops using "Miegunyah' as the venue, while maintaining a regular research and publication programme. Its comprehensive historical files are readily accessible to researchers.

Address: 
'Miegunyah', 35 Jordan Terrace, Bowen Hills, QLD
Tel: 
0732522979
Hours: 
10.30am-3pm Wed, 10.30am-4pm Sat and Sun, groups by appointment on any day.
Admission: 
Adults $4, Children (4 - 14 years) $1.00, school student groups $1.50
Facilities: 
Wheelchair access, toilets, refreshments, trading table, guided tours, available for hire, historical research files
Collection: 
Material on local history, early Queensland families, historical building and numerous other subjects. Photograph collection covering Queensland 1860-1980. Historic costume collection (male & female), textiles covering 1860-1945. Furniture and portraits of historic significance.
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Items

Costumes

Ladies' Costumes; Children's Clothing; Christening Robe circa 1890s

Ladies' Costumes; Children's Clothing; Christening Robe circa 1890s
Description:
Representative of Christening party circa 1890s.
Date:
1859-1890
Item Id Number:
94 C014-1

Portrait

Portrait of Hon Gilbert Eliott

Portrait of Hon Gilbert Eliott
Description:
Portrait of Hon Gilbert Eliott in the robe he wore as Speaker of first Queensland Parliament, plus original blade. Black robe with lace jabot.
Date:
1859
Item Id Number:
94C021-5

Domestic items

Milk, Butter Cooler; Butter Churn; Milk Bucket; Stool; Apron

Milk, Butter Cooler; Butter Churn; Milk Bucket; Stool; Apron
Description:
Items used by pioneer women in gathering and production of food.
Date:
1850s-1900
Item Id Number:
95C002-25

Building

Miegunyah Pioneer Women's Memorial House Museum

Miegunyah Pioneer Women's Memorial House Museum
Creator:
Built by William Perry 1886
Description:
Gracious Victorian home of colonial Queensland design; ornate lace on wide verandahs; furnished in Victorian period.
Date:
1886