Caboolture Historical Village

28 Jun

Last week we drove up to Caboolture’s Historical Village for an excursion.

We went with a group of homeschoolers and had several presentations organised for us.

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We started the day at school

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on ‘parade’ with Mr Sore-bottom.

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From here, we visited the printing press shed

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for a talk on the history of printing and a few quick demonstrations.

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Next, we listened to a description of what it was like on ‘wash day’

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and how the various washing equipment worked,

like the old mangler.

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The gem fossicker’s shed was the next location on our agenda.

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Here each child was given a tub of saw dust

(as well as a lucky dip)

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to sieve,

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in hopes of finding precious-to-them gems.

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Our final stop before lunch was a train ride,

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where we were held up by bushrangers.

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We saw several shifty characters

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around the park.

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After a leisurely lunch, we each headed out around the park to explore.

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I loved the cute little houses.

Here the kitchen is in a separate building at the back of the house.

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It just reminds me of my Grandma.

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I love the simplicity of their lives.

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But I didn’t like the looks of their dentistry equipment.

It was like something out of a horror film!

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I also have to say that this shoe house toy is not at all ‘old’ or ‘historic’!!

I had this toy when I was little

and I’m not old!

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The highlight of our day was our visit to the police station.

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Here we talked with two ex-Boggo Road Gaol wardens about their time working in prisons.

They had a wealth of knowledge to share and plenty of fascinating stories to tell.

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Did you know that one of the main characters in the new Mad Max movie was a prisoner at Boggo Road Gaol?!!

Yes, truly.

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We had a wonderful day at the Cabooluture Historical Village.

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There was so much to look at,

that we are planning to return

to see all the things we missed!



Posted by on June 28, 2015 in Field Trips, History


3 responses to “Caboolture Historical Village

  1. Jen

    June 28, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    We went there! It wasn’t far from where we used to live. When we went there were no people pretty much (during the school term) so we just about had it to ourselves. We didn’t see as many presentations either. But having the place to ourselves was worth it 😀

  2. Monika Durand

    June 28, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Hi Tracey, have you been to the Beenleigh Historical Village? which one is better?

    • Tracey

      June 29, 2015 at 12:57 am

      Both are excellent. If you are organising a school group, then Caboolture seemed to have more activity options they could present for you. But Beenleigh’s activity options were all hands on. At Beenleigh’s washing demonstration, we actually did the washing, whereas, at Caboolture, we sat and listened to them talk about it. However, the information at the presentations at Caboolture seemed to be more detailed. So both were excellent in their own ways. But if you are going outside of a group, just to walk around and explore, I think Caboolture has more buildings to offer. However, some of Beenleigh’s buildings were better. There were more family ‘homes’ to visits at Beenleigh and their school house is way way better (and so is the school presentation at Beenleigh!). So I’d say, if you lived closer to Beenleigh, go there, and, if you lived closer to Caboolture, go there. And if you could, do both, but if you can only do one, then it really doesn’t matter which one as both have excellent qualities.


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