Isis District Historical Complex

The complex consists of four buildings. A school building houses a school room display along with Aboriginal artefacts. Agricultural equipment is stored beneath. A cane cutters cottage has four rooms and is furnished with furniture etc from the 1900 era. A small one room building (originally from the local hospital) will be set up as a shop. A reconstructed slab hut will house and will have timber for its theme. An Open Day with various displays and activities is held each July, free to the public.

Taylor Street, Childers, QLD
9am-12noon Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm Sun or by appointment
Adults $2, Children Free
Toilets nearby, refreshments and group tours by appointment (includes damper)
The collection includes; pioneering implements, blacksmith, timber getting and general farming used locally. Furniture as used around 1900 (the school building and cottage are from that era. Steam locomotives and sugar cane trucks with supporting photographs and display of sugar history. Collection of costumes and furnishings depicting the 1900s


Steam Locomotive

Steam locomotive with attached tender and cane trucks - the last steam locomotive used to haul can to Isis central mill before the advent of diesel locus

Reversible Plough


Made in America
A horse-drawn reversible plough used for ploughing hillsides

This plough was used by early settlers for ploughing in cane fields. One of the first examples of reversible ploughs

Bed Quilt

Hand Embroidered

Hand embroidered white double bed quilt displayed on iron bed of 1900 Era (exquisite)

Documented in Jenny Mannings book on Australian Quilts

Hand Written Diaries

Adie Diaries

Alex Adie
This is a collection of accounts in detail of life on a large cane and cattle property around the turn of the century.

At the time the Adie plantation was the largest privately owned plantation in the Southern Hemisphere. It includes the years of Kanaka labour.