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Museum Talks are Back

The Queenscliffe Historical Museum’s popular monthly Museum Talks are back, following an 18 month Covid spell. From now on these Talks will take place on the fourth Friday of each month from May 28th at 10am for 10.30am at a new location. The Point Lonsdale Community School Hall, opposite the Primary School in Bowen Road, has excellent acoustics and facilities, and will enable social distancing without having to turn anyone away. It also has plenty of off-street parking! This will be the new home of QHM’s monthly Museum Talks and the first of these promises to be fascinating.

‘From China to the Goldfields to Queenscliff’ is the story that will be told by two local historians, author Linda Brumley and researcher Clare Ribaux. It tells how Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale became the destination of many Chinese who came to Australia to dig for gold in the mid-19th Century, but for various reasons were unable to return to their homeland. As a result, many chose to become market gardeners and fishermen at Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale, settling at Fisherman’s Flat and The Springs.

This well researched story will be told by two local historians who became intrigued in their own separate ways, but eventually collaborating to put a fascinating and illustrated story together.

Clare Ribaux and Linda Brumley will co-present this Museum Talk. Their research however is ongoing and they hope that more information may come forward via this presentation. So please do come with your questions, and if you have information and anecdotes to share, they will both welcome your input.

Please invite your friends along and they may even decide to become new members! There has never been a more exciting time to join the QHM, with the wonderful new ‘state of the art’ social history museum currently under construction to conserve the history and tell the stories of this unique part of Australia.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday May 28th at 10am for a 10.30am start.