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The North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum has won an award from Google Earth Outreach for the use of Google mapping technology in its updated Online Heritage Trail.
Museum members Kate and Jonathan Hodge volunteered many hours of their time and expertise to create the new Online Heritage Trail, with the help of a Google Earth Outreach Grant.
“The back-end technology we used to create the Trail has only been recently launched by Google,” Jonathan said. “Using Google Maps you can navigate around the Island and zoom into particular areas to see photos of that place from the Museum collection, and experience how it has changed through time.”
The website is based on the real-life NSI Heritage Trail, which can be followed by looking for easily recognisable green signs located across the Island, and which has an accompanying pamphlet that is widely distributed by Redland City Council. The Online Heritage Trail will eventually be accessible from mobile phones, making it a valuable tool for visitors.
“When we won the award, the Online Heritage Trail was featured on Google’s Facebook site and Twitter feed, and there has been an impressive spike in the hits on our website as a result, with lots of overseas interest,” Geoff Moore, Museum President said.
Find the Online Heritage Trail by following the link on the front page of the museum website at

( Announced in NSIHM Newsletter Winter 2013)


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Sandra Morgan and Robyn Hofmeyr travelled to North Stradbroke Island on the 28th of September as part of a Museum exchange with Elizabeth Gondwe at the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum (NSIHM). Elizabeth had invited Sandra  and Robyn to talk at their Museum’s AGM on the 29th of September. Sandra had never been to Stradbroke Island – despite having spent most of her life in South East Queensland and having relatives on the Island. There is a strong historical link between Cherbourg and Stradbroke as many Aborigines were moved between the two places during the years of the Aboriginal Protection Act.

The Museum on Stradbroke seeks to accommodate and reflect the diversity of the Island. The Pioneer room, the Aboriginal room as well as the current Whale exhibition all tell different stories of life on the Island. We were impressed with their storage facilities, cataloging, archiving system and database. For various reasons, this one aspect of the Ration Shed Museum in Cherbourg is still way behind and needs a lot more effort and attention. Elizabeth kindly offered to assist us with this.

We were surprised (and envious!) to learn that the Stradbroke Museum receives operational funding from the local Redland Council. At the Ration Shed Museum we receive no core government support for running costs and rely on visitors, tourists and various government grants to keep us going. Balancing our books is a constant struggle – as it is with so many of the museums in our country. Seeing the Stradbroke Museum gave us cause for hope.

On the day of the AGM, we were overjoyed when at the end of our talk the members of the Museum suggested that they hire a bus and visit the Ration Shed Museum in Cherbourg. Councillor Craig Ogilvie and Councillor Paul Bishop who both attended the AGM are clearly big supporters and champions of the North Stradbroke Island Museum.

The Ration Shed Museum look forward to building an on-going relationship with the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum and the communities it reflects.


ROBYN HOFMEYR is a Coordinator/Filmmaker/Educator at the Ration Shed Museum, Cherbourg. She is undertaking a Co-Mentorship | Exchange with Elisabeth Gondwe, Curator/Ethnographer at the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum.

M&GSQ’s 2012 Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program is funded by Arts Queensland through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF). RADF is a joint Queensland Government and Local Government partnership to support local arts and culture.

See M&GSQ’s website, for more information about the Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program.

I travelled to Cherbourg on the second week of the school holidays to begin my exchange with Robyn Hofmeyr.  It was a preliminary visit and coincided with the opening of the Cherbourg Timeline and the Cherbourg community NAIDOC celebrations. Read the rest of this entry »

After several years building a partnership, the Walker family and the Museum formally signed the Oodgeroo of the Tribe Noonuccal Custodian of the Land Minjerribah Collection Management Deed. Mayor Karen Williams was witness to signing the historic Management Deed.

The Deed provides for the Museum to house and assist with the preservation of the collection, but allows for the material to remain in the Walker family’s ownership and control. Of particular note are the Management Principles that guide the relationship, which include a recognition of sovereignty, equity, respect and trust.

Before the Deed was signed, the Museum Committee, staff and members participated in a Cultural Heritage Education Program (CHEP) with the Walker family. (Announced today in the newsletter of  North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum).

For more information see Elisabeth Gondwe and Petrina Walker’s presentation at M&GSQ State Conference 2011. view conference presentation

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