Welcome to Isis District Historical Society Inc

Taylor St, Childers Historical Complex

 

Organised Tours available

We welcome organised tours for School Groups and or Tour Groups

Tour Information

 

Isis District Historical Society Inc.

Located at Taylor Street, Childers; our historical display complex is a ‘step back in time’  featuring early cottages, a post office, former school building, two steam locomotives, museum, history displays & rotunda. Our historical displays offer a true educationally rewarding experience, see what Visitors are saying: “Highly recommended for children by Wide Bay Kids”

We welcome organised tours for School Groups and or Tour Groups
for enquiries please Contact Us prior.

 

Opening Hours – Monday to Friday 9 am to 12 noon
(Other Times by specific Request OR Appointment)

Our Rotunda can also be hired for special events.

Layout map of Isis District Historical Society display in Taylor St Childers

Key to above map:

  1. Entrance Gate: Entry is through a yellow stringy bark archway flanked by rails of grey ironbark, enhanced by cattle brands of pioneer families of the district. They were burned onto the rails during an open day in 1993.
  2. Waluma Post Office: was moved to its present location in 1995. It was originally a slab hut situated beside the Gregory River. It was also used as a barn & stables on the Kingston property at Cordalba. This family donated the building to the Historical SOciety in 1994. The original slabs are over 100 years old.
  3. Steam Locomotives: Locomotive #4 was made in 1896 and Locomotive #6 in 1912, both by John Fowler Co. in Leeds, England. The trains operatedd at the CSR Childers Sugar Mill until 1932 when CSR closed the mill.. These two locomotives were purchased by Isis Central Sugar Mill in 1933.
  4. Former Isis Central Mill State School: closed in 1987, it was brought to the historical complex in 1988 as a Bicentennial project. Within the building it holds a treasure of old school items; one room is set up as a classroom, we have old photos, items from yesteryear, aboriginal artifacts, some sugar industry history and a large rock collection.
  5. Underneath the Old School Building: we have a collection of horse drawn vehicles as well as tools & a restored Fordson tractor plus memorabilia from Philpott’s “Heart brand” cordial factory which was situated in Noel St, Childers.
  6. The Workers Cottage: was donated by the Isis Central Sugar Mill. It has been authentically restored with furnishings dated from the turn of the century (C19oo’s). This cottage was the first building set up in the Childers Historical complex in 1985.
  7. General Store:  this old building came from the Isis District Hospital. It now serves as a General Store & houses an old National Cash Register from Comino’s Cafe. This sits on a red cedar counter from Sutton’s Bakery. Around the walls are items which were sold in stores years ago.
  8. Tree plantings: these trees were planted in 1988. they are a reproduction of the type of scrub trees which grew in the district before it was cleared to make way for agriculture, especially sugar cane, which was the main industry in the early settlement days.
  9. The Rotunda: was built with funds from a Gaming Benefit Fund grant. It was opened on September 1st 2002. Some items used on the rotunda hold historical significance, eg. an 1887 school bell from the Childers State primary School.
  10. Five bay Shed:  was built in March 2000 with funds again from the Gaming Benefit Fund grant and also assistance from Childers Rotary. It houses farm equipment artefacts and old printing equipment.
  11. Derrick & Winch: adjacent to the 2 locomotives is a derrick which was used on George Nixon’s farm at South Isis. It was a pulley system using horses. The whole stick sugar cane was raised off the wagon which transported the cut cane out of the farm to the railway siding where it was then lowered onto a can truck and transported to the sugar mill by locomotive. After horse power, a winch was used to power the pulley system on the farm derrek. This winch on display was donated by Kerry Bell of Tanah Merah, QLD. It was a piece of equipment used regularly in the farm abattoirs to service the small butcher shop in Toogoolawah, QLD in 1945.

 

History in the making:

Catch a story here which describes Australia’s Oldest Tank Engine #4 and the fascinating story behind it being now located at our Isis District Historical Complex in Childers.this is Number Four, a locomotive that was shipped from England to Queensland to haul cane, then went to Western Australia, and nearly ended up in Norway before returning to Childers.”

Enjoy images of the Childers Historical Complex in our Gallery.

About Us

Mill Cottage - Isis District Historical Society

The first inaugural meeting to form the Isis District Historical Society was held in 1975. It was in 1983 that the Isis Central Mill Sugar Company donated the Taylor Street land and hence the ensuing years of support from the ICM Company, the Isis Shire Council, successful grant applications and fundraising support by local residents, the Childers Historical Complex evolved. In October 1988, this interesting complex of historical buildings was officially opened.

ISIS District Historical Society Inc is a volunteer organisation devoted to promoting and preserving the Past for the Future.  Meetings are held at the Childers Historical Complex on the second Monday of each month from February to December at 9.00 am.

New members are most welcome to attend.

There is an excellent Aboriginal Artefacts display in the School Room which was collected & donated by IDHS past president Mr John Bunn. We also have a ‘Sugar Room’ which is a developing project of the history of the sugar cane industry in the ISIS Shire.

Tours:

We welcome enquiries for ‘tour groups’ and ‘school groups’ to arrange specialised visits to the Taylor Street, Childers display & museum. The Society does offer Devonshire Tea for tour groups, bookings essential.

For Tour Bookings & more information please don’t hesitate to Contact Us.

Please Note:

  • The buildings are not wheelchair friendly, though the Rotunda is accessible.
  • Eftpos is not available
  • Entry Costs: Adults – $3.00 ea    Children – $1.00 ea

 

More details about the ISIS Shire – see here: queenslandplaces.com.au/isis-shire

Some historical Childers region images can also be found on Pinterest.

 

Many of the volunteer members also support The Old Pharmacy – don’t miss this excellent display whilst you’re in Childers.

Features

Rotunda available for Hire

A perfect backdrop for a wedding or special event. Ideal for musical performances.

Aboriginal artefacts

Enjoy our rich Aboriginal history associated with this community including that of Queen Maria.

Replica School room C1800's

Enjoy this replica setting, bring back your memories of times past No Ipads just a 'slate or two'!.

Mill Cottage

Consisting of 4 rooms; a reception room, bedroom, kitchen and nursery. Each room is set up just as a cottage would have been back in the ‘olden days’ and is jam packed with artifacts.

The Old General Store

As tiny as it may seem this replica has abundant character, come and spend a penny or two!

Museum display

Step back in time within these excellent displays, including 2 Locomotives.

Gallery

Isis District Historical Complex – Taylor St, Childers

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Whilst in Childers visit The Old Pharmacy Museum

Located at 90 Churchill Street, Childers

The collection is one of Australia’s largest collections of early pharmaceutical history, including dental,
pharmacy and photographic equipment, specimen jars and medicine bottles, medicine books and
unique interpretation of the early development of Australian pharmaceutical practice.

The Old Pharmacy

The Old PharmacyThe Old Pharmacy is situated in the center of Childers at number 90 Churchill Street in what was The Gaydon Building is today a visitor attraction overflowing with captivating pharmaceutical displays of early medicines from the late 1800 & early 1900’s.

Old Medicine Bottles
Old Medicine Bottles

Discover the medicinal marvels, mineral ingredients, rare specimens and mysterious potions of the 1890’s and beyond. You can enjoy a self guided tour of this fascinating attraction, located in the center of the heritage listed highway town of Childers.

The collection is one of Australia’s largest collections of early pharmaceutical history, including dental, pharmacy and photographic equipment, specimen jars and medicine bottles, medicine books and unique interpretation of the early development of Australian pharmaceutical practice.

Admission for a guided tour of the OP dispensary is:
Adults $5       Pens/Sen. $4.50      Children $3        Family (2Ad 2Ch.) $12

We are celebrating the building’s 125th year in 2019.

Old Pharmacy Front DoorThe original chemist, Thomas Gaydon built on this site in 1894 then he added a second floor for his son Geoffrey the dentist in the 1930’s.  Thomas had to rebuild in 1902 after a fire that destroyed many of the shops on this side of town. It has always been known as The Gaydon Building.

Not definite on dates yet. We are working with the dentist who owns the building to create a historical story of what trades & people who had a business in this building of several rooms. More to come………

Catch more information here:

Facebook – The Old Pharmacy

Wikipedia -The Old Pharmacy

Youtube – Video 17 mins

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Old Pharmacy Gallery

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Contact Details

  • 07 41261328
  • Email our Secretary - click link below
  • http://www.isisdistricthistoricalsociety.com.au/
  • Postal address or street address or both

  • EMAIL - Our Secretary

    Opening Hours
    Monday to Friday
    9 am to 12 noon

    Other Times by specific request
    &/or appointment.