The Brookfield District Museum exists to collect, preserve and display the history of Brookfield. The museum is located in the Brookfield Showgrounds in a building which was originally a farm house in Pullenvale. The old farmhouse had a room dedicated for use as a post office. Displays in the museum reflect the occupations of Brookfield families in the past.
- 2pm – 4pm on the first Sunday of each month (except January)
- During all Brookfield Show Society events, including the Brookfield Show
- 9am-11am on Moggill Market Saturdays
- By appointment, including morning tea
Off-street parking and disabled access are available.
More about the museum
The museum has three rooms which feature exhibits relating to early Brookfield pioneering families, the Brookfield Show and many household items used last century.
It has been said that “Brookfield built Brisbane”. This refers to the timber industry which was prominent in Brookfield from the 1860s. The timber (mainly pine and cedar) was cut and hauled by bullock teams to the rafting ground on Moggill Road and floated down the Brisbane River to the sawmills in Brisbane. The timber was also taken to Brookfield’s own sawmill ‘Bon Accord’ which was established by Charles Patterson in 1875 located on Brookfield Road. Photos and implements used in the timber industry are on display.
A waistcoat worn by Patrick Pacey, a major land-holder in the area, at his wedding in 1854 is a special feature on display at the museum.
Community groups are welcome to view the museum by appointment. In addition, members of the Brookfield District Museum will provide a scrumptious old-fashioned morning tea for groups of up to 20 people at $10 per person on the verandah of the museum: morning tea comes on delicate bone china with lace tablecloths and serviettes.
After having your cuppa, you can then take your time browsing through the museum. A tour of the Brookfield Cemetery located across the road is also available for those who would like to hear about the people who are buried there, for example, did you know that the first flying doctor, Dr Leslie Welch is buried there?
For more information contact Joy Stacey. Ph: 3374 1053 Email: Joy.Stacey@bigpond.com
Contact the Brookfield Historical Society for more Brookfield history.