The Museum is housed in what was Kingaroy's Power House from 1925 to 1952 which is now part of the Kingaroy Information, Art and Heritage Precinct. The main focus of the museum is the history of the peanut industry. This is depicted by the collection of agricultural machinery showing the ingenuity and inventiveness of the local farmers and tradesmen. Machinery for growing peanuts was not available in the early 1920's so a farmer invented his own. The first being a bicycle powered thresher built in 1909, then an American made wheat thresher was converted by a local farmer to thresh peanuts. In the late 1920's Mr Harry Young designed and built our very own dinosaur a stationary peanut thresher. These machines are on display in the Museum along with other prototypes of peanut harvesting machinery designed and built by local inventors. Some of their ideas are still in use today.... more
Further objects of interest are, a boomerang presented by local Aboriginal people to the first Kingaroy stationmaster in 1904 and the Bicentennial Quilt depicting scenes of Kingaroy Shire, which was made by a group of Kingaroy ladies. The Museum has a large collection of historic photos as well as a research and study area for those wishing a little more information. There are many other objects of significance to Kingaroy's unique history, making the Museum a must see on your visit to Kingaroy.
The aim of the heritage Museum is to preserve and conserve the history of Kingaroy and Shire, its people and environs for future generations, as well as providing access to the collect for both study and enjoyment.... less
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