Croydon’s historic machinery collection: a case study in the uses and needs of outback heritage machinery collections

Wegner, Janice, and Kahabka, Jana (2018) Croydon’s historic machinery collection: a case study in the uses and needs of outback heritage machinery collections. Queensland Review, 25 (2). pp. 252-266.

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Abstract

One response to the development of tourism in small inland Queensland towns has been to collect heritage machinery from the surrounding countryside and display it in town as an attraction for visitors. These sites range from open-air collections of miscellaneous items with no explanation of their use to both private and local government museums that are given varying levels of care and interpretation. The small north-western Queensland town of Croydon has a collection of heritage machinery in a number of sites, which range across this continuum. This article explores the potential of the collection to interpret the town’s history and the history of early gold mining, as a case study with application to other such collections.

Item ID: 58681
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2049-7792
Keywords: machinery museum collections; gold mining machinery; Croydon goldfield
Copyright Information: https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/aop-file-manager/file/575fdfb31e299702233758a0/QRE-ctf.pdf
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2019 00:37
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2102 Curatorial and Related Studies > 210204 Museum Studies @ 70%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 30%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950303 Conserving Collections and Movable Cultural Heritage @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 50%
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