Harrisville & District Historical Museum

The museum is housed in a 100yr old weatherboard home, school and display sheds. A highlight is one of only two remaining Stiger Vortex Rain Guns (used in the 1902 drought). An annual film screen honours Charles and Elsa Chauvel, and the museums has a photo display taken from all of their films.

Address: 
54 Queen St, Harrisville, QLD
Tel: 
0754671325
Hours: 
1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, 1.00pm - 4.00pm
Admission: 
Adults $2, Secondary students $1, Primary students 50c
Facilities: 
Brochure available
Collection: 
Domestic artefacts and farm machinery, plus typical 1-Room School. Collection of photographs by Charles and Elsa Chauvel (Australian movie pioneers)
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Items

Climate Control

Steiger-Vortex Rain Gun

Creator:
Designed by Clement Wragge
Description:
Substantial steel cone, approx 4000mm high, used by Clement Wragge in an attempt to break the 1902 drought.
Date:
1902

One of 6 manufactured - only other surviving example believed to be at Charleville.

Sulky

Horse-drawn sulky

Creator:
Unknown
Description:
Horse-drawn sulky

Commonly used in district for transport up until the end of World War II.

Mineral Samples

Mandel Kow Collection

Creator:
Charles Mandle Kow
Description:
Comprehensive stone and minerals collection from all over Australia.

Donor of collection is deceased. We are seeking additional information about him to assist us in contextualising the collection.

Australian Movie

Tribute to Charles and Elsa Chavel'

Description:
Substantial photographic collection representing all movies produced by the Chauvels between 1927 - 1955
Date:
1927-1955

Charles Chauvel was resident of District from 4 years of age through to his 20's. His first two movies, 'Moth of Moonbi' and 'Greenhide' were shot locally.

Local Photo History

Albert Hall Collection

Creator:
Albert Hall
Description:
615 negative (B&W) of ditrict activities in the post-war era.
Date:
1945-1950

The Museum does not currently have financial resources to have good quality enlargements made, consequently the collection is not available to the public.