The Miles Historical Village Museum in Miles was a great place to spend the afternoon and we were glad we didn’t waste the time going to the Dalby Museum in the morning.
We passed the historical village on the way into Miles for lunch so we only had to back track a little from The Creek Cafe.
The Miles Historical Village Museum was started in 1971 and has grown into what it is today with a lot of hard work.
The village is designed to give you a look at what life would have been like from the late 1860’s through to the 1950’s.
So you get a good feel of what it was like to work and live in those times.
From the Miles Historical Village Museum website, there is 34 buildings with 15 of them being historic structures, 10 of the buildings are replicas and 9 are purpose built and these numbers are being added to constantly.
Pretty much as soon as you set foot in the Miles Historical Village Museum you know it is going to be an interesting few hours or more with plenty to look at and discuss with the kids.
The Miles Historical Village Museum has a broad mixture of different buildings and each of them are filled with donated items from the era.
When you walk through the village you will see is a bakery, post office, chemist, general store, the Red Rose Cafe, a branch of the Bank of New South Wales, the church, school, butcher, and the blacksmith.
There is a typical slab hut from the early 1900’s and also the former Dalwogan Railway Station with the Queensland Government Railways C17 steam locomotive number 944 on display outside.
There are old cars, bottle collections, a telephone box, and a prickly pear display that gives you the run down on the history of the prickly pear in Australia, why it was introduced, the problems with it and also how they solved the problem with the moth that was introduced to keep the prickly pear in check.
The automobile above is the Durant Tourer from 1929.
The Durant was on properties in Drillham for a number of years and also was used as a scout wagon before being donated to the Miles Historical Society in 1971.
The work on restoring the Durant started in 2000 and it is a fully registered for the road.
As you can tell so far, a few hours probably doesn’t do the Miles Historical Village Museum justice, if we were to go back there again we would probably spend a bit more time there.
In old wooden fridge above the breeze would blow through the wet charcoal in the walls of the “safe” would cool the milk kept in large flat pans ready to be skimmed for cream from the top.
An old Bank of New South Wales which was established in Sydney in 1817 and pretty much was Australia wide during the 19th and early 20th century.
In time the Bank of New South Wales merged with the Commercial Bank of Australia to form Westpac.
Above is the lovely lady that greats you in the bakery at the Miles Historical Museum.
Her make up, eyebrows, and lipstick is reflective of the era as you can see and is often copied by modern day pop stars.
Above is the old barbers chair and room at the village, a place where you could get your ears lowered and also have a shave.
There are walls of old products you would find in the milk bars or small shops throughout many different eras.
I have more pictures of these on my G+ page, there is old chocolate bars, cleaning products, tea and other similar products, biscuit tins and more.
The car above is an old Bedford Utility from 1935.
It was originally used to pull cattle out of boggy dams and later used for general station work.
When it wasn’t working it would be taking the family duck shooting and to picnics.
An old leather school satchel or bag in the old school building where you see what it was like to write with ink and also the old school rules.
Not quite a gramophone above but pretty close, there was plenty of radios, record players and vinyl records on display too.
And with me being into music and also radios, I was certainly interested in having a look at these while the rest of the family were elsewhere.
As I have said, the Miles Historical Village was a great place to take the family, and with so much to see I could probably write much more about it than I have here and also have another whole page of photos.
Where is it?
Miles Historical Village Museum
141 Murilla Street
Miles Queensland 4415
Phone : 07 4627 1492
The Miles Historical Village Museum is open 8am to 5pm Monday to Sunday.
It is closed on Christmas Day, so stay home and enjoy it with your family.
How much does it cost for entry?
Children 5 to 14 Years $7
Family Pass $35
And so that was it, we left Miles and said goodbye to the Miles Historical Village Museum and headed off to Roma for the night.
* Read about the next part of our Dalby Road Trip here “Find a Motel in Roma”
* Or if you want to head back to the start of the holiday here, “Road Trip Out West”