History of Redland Museum

Original Museum 1971. Blacksmith Shop in foreground

Museum 2014. See Blacksmith Shop extreme left

Redland Museum has been in existence for over fourty years and is entirely the result of volunteer work and community support, with the Rotary Club of Cleveland and Redland Shire Council being major contributors.  Over the years the Museum has grown from a small building costing less than $5000 to erect, to a large professionally run museum with an indoor floor space of 2700 square meters.  A dedicated band of volunteers continually push the Museum onto greater heights.

The Rotary Club of Cleveland founded Redland Museum as a club project in 1968.  Over the next four years the Rotarians built the first stage of the building, collected historical items donated by residents, and resited a pioneer hut next to the Museum.  Redland Museum opened to the public in April 1970 and in June 1972 Rotary gifted the Museum and contents to the people of the Redlands.

The Museum enjoys significant financial and advisory support from Redland Shire Council. Currently there is a service agreement between the two parties detailing the museum services that will be provided. In return the Council provides financial support for the operations and staffing of the museum.  A Redland Shire Councillor and a Council officer have a formal seat on the Redland Museum Management Committee providing advice, information, and a formal conduit to Council.

The contribution of the Museum to the Redlands community is enormous.  It houses, preserves and displays some of the most significant artefacts of the Redlands, weaving a tale of pioneers, farms, economic development and phenomenal regional growth.  The work of the volunteers of Redland Museum Incorporated has ensured that the history and culture of the Redlands is documented and preserved in quality surroundings, and presented to the public in a professional manner.  By working with other groups, such as Indigiscapes, the Museum provides education packages that focus on the Redlands and the environment, and enhances the education experience of every student that sets foot within the building.

A museum is the memory of its community.  In the case of Redland Museum, many of the volunteers who maintain this museum are people who helped create the history of this region.  Their love for the area is communicated to the thousands of school children who visit year after year.  Groups ranging from retirement and respite villages, charity clubs, youth groups and craft organisations all access the Museum for a variety of purposes.

Redland Museum is considered to be one of the finest local museums in the state of Queensland.  Its standing throughout Australia is similarly high.  The dedication and resourcefulness of the volunteers and staff involved in creating and maintaining the museum is to be congratulated.