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Focus on Muttaburra Museums Qld

I thought this post warranted some info on two museums that I felt should be shown before things change in Muttaburra, Qld.

Like anything these days, even museums, progress catches up even in the bush. The two museums I am writing about are A.A. Cassimatis Store and Cottage & Dr Arratta Museum in Muttaburra, Qld (120klms north of Longreach & 84klms north west of Aramac).

We have spent a couple of weeks here recently and met some locals and volunteers and I think they are doing a wonderful job to not let this little town disappear. The people involved in sharing the stories of these two sites ask only for a donation to help keep them open. It is quite rare to find museums with all the items on show just like someone had walked out yesterday.

The shire offers very reasonable camping fees in town at 3 sites and a lovely waterhole out of town.  Fossicking for petrified wood or agates can keep you occupied for days! The town has everything Traveller’s need: groceries, fuel, beverages (the pub!) a swimming pool, motel, post office and Primary Health Centre.

A.A. CASSIMATIS STORE & COTTAGE

Quote: “A.A. Cassimatis moved from Greece with his family in 1913 to establish a business in Australia. The Cassimatis Store closed its doors in 1978 having been a bank, green grocery, haberdashery, emporium, cafe, white goods merchant and liquor store and motor spirits. The museum shows living conditions of the early 1900’s and the secrets of running a general store in a small rural and remote community” 

DR. ARRATTA MUSEUM

After closure of the Muttaburra and District Hospital in 1989 the building was converted into a historical medical display museum. To be able to walk through a museum and see wards just like they were in the 50’s to 80’s is brilliant. The operating theatre is a bit eerie and great (as long as I’m not on the table!!) And the surgical instruments left me squirming!

Being a country hospital the Doctors were also the Dentists & Optometrists for the district.

So when travelling western Queensland detour off the highway’s and visit these small country towns to experience the history of your country.