The Boyne Valley Historical Society Cottage was opened in 1988. The Society was formed by a group of enthusiastic volunteers with a desire to preserve the vast history of the Boyne Valley, which dates back to the 1870’s, when gold & copper mining put the Valley on the map, followed by the settlers who pioneered industries such as cattle grazing, farm produce, dairying and a thriving timber & saw-milling industry, which still exists today.
Tourists who want to leave the usual tourist trail and enjoy some genuine country hospitality & historically significant sites should make sure they put the Boyne Valley on their itinerary. With the exception of Many Peaks, the four small towns of the Boyne Valley, Nagoorin, Ubobo, Builyan and Many Peaks, are dotted along the Boyne River. The scenic drive along the newly sealed road from Calliope, or across the Blackman’s Gap Road (some dirt) from Miriam Vale, takes less than an hour.
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2012 Open Days and Trips
Our first trip was to Kroombit Tops National Park on the first of July.
Kroombit Tops protects more than 850 plant species. Three (3) of these are found only on this plateau and many are listed as rare or threatened. Vegetation communities change from the wetter south-east to the drier north-west across the plateau. Many birds and animals are at the northern or southern limit of their distribution in Kroombit Tops National Park and it is the only known home to the endangered Kroombit Tinker Frog.
The 4WD-only tour was an adventurous drive through the Kroombit Tops National Park. The Loop road to Beautiful Betsy is a 35km circuit (approx. 2 hour drive) track in the park’s drier rocky west. Here we enjoyed stunning vistas over gorges and valleys from two natural lookouts along the way. We took a short walk into the bomber crash site and stopped for a morning tea break at The Wall.
We then returned to The Lookout to enjoy spectacular views over the Boyne Valley from the eastern escarpment and we stopped for lunch as picnic tables and a toilet are located at the lookout.
On the 29th of July we held a “Back to Basics’ open day at the cottage in Ubobo.
We had special featured machinary displays including a Southern Cross “Hit & Miss” engine with pump jack; a Bosker Eureka diesel engine; a cream separator producing cream from fresh local milk; a hand operated chaff cutter; a cross cut saw; a vintage tractor and a vintage fire engine 1922 Garford.
Traditional children’s games & fun activities including a horse shoe throwing competition were held.
Traditional camp oven damper with golden syrup, billy tea, BBQ sausages in bread and cold drinks were enjoyed by all.
We had special guests with their displays including Jimmy Harris, Craig Otto, Jack Ryan, Bob Beale, Paulette Flint, Jan Koivunen and Jenny Jones.
On the 26th of August over 60 vehicles travelled to Monal Gold Field.
We visited the historic goldfields and the abandoned machinery, viewed the stone memorial at the Monal cemetery that was constructed using the wheels from the boiler at the old mine. This was pulled to the site by a team of 52 horses, and is dedicated to the memory of the settlers and teamsters without whom the area could not have been settled and developed.
2011 Open Days.
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We had a successful day on the 10th of July. After a chilly start the day was a typical warm sunny Queensland Winter day. A good crowd enjoyed the displays, billy tea & damper smoko, followed by a sausage sizzle lunch. Children joined in games from yesteryear. A feature of the day was separating cream from milk and making butter by hand.
Open Days and Devonshire Teas
On open days, local volunteers gather at the Society’s cottage in Ubobo, to share the history of our Valley with visitors. Each year we also have a tour to places of interest.
Delicious homemade Devonshire Teas are available once you reach the Cottage, where you can relax on the veranda, or under the trees and enjoy the quiet country atmosphere.
The cottage houses a large display of photographs and memorabilia which convey a sense of bygone days. Special theme days allow us to vary the displays and feature items from the collections of long term residents and interested parties. A Special Tour of an historic local site is organized annually. Check this site soon for this year’s tour destination.
The Cottage can be opened by prior arrangement. For further information contact: 49 741207.