The Mareeba Heritage Museum is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Mareeba’s culture and heritage; and to motivate visitors and locals to explore the culture and diversity of the Mareeba Shire and surrounding region. Some of the first exhibit pieces of the Museum included the windmill, a rainwater tank and the Rail Ambulance, followed by artefacts for the Indigenous Exhibit and from the Mareeba Rodeo Museum.
The Museum owes its existence firstly to Mareeba’s peoples and pioneers. It exists today because of the vision of five local residents – Mr Tom Braes, Mr Ron Blundell, Mr Colin McDowall, Mr Mick Borzi (AM) and Mr Graham Ford. Their vision was to capture the essence of what the Mareeba Shire is, was and would be. To this day the Centre still functions with the original vision, portraying each of the stages of Mareeba Shire’s rich history whilst looking to the future. The Mareeba Heritage Museum not only presents the past to our audience today, but looks forward to the way the community will work in the future.
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The Museum is well supported by its diverse multicultural community and has a collection of over 6,000 objects, owned, used and proudly donated by members of the community. These objects form the basis of the Museum’s comprehensive exhibits which reflect the heritage and culture of Mareeba and its district. The collections have a number of key areas, all of which have strongly influenced the economic, social and cultural development of the Mareeba region. This includes Aboriginal peoples, explorers, pioneers, mining, timber, pastoral, transport, communications, multiculturism and the First and Second World Wars.
Mareeba Heritage Museum collects material culture from the Mareeba Shire Council area (and the former Woothakata Shire region) that illustrates these histories. The Mareeba Shire covers 53610.8 square kilometres. An environmentally diverse landscape, the Shire incorporates parts of The Wet Tropics World Heritage area, Western Gulf Plains and some of Cape York Peninsula, and this is reflected in the collection. The Museum endeavours to keep the collection relevant to changes and ongoing events.
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