Last weekend Shania and I decided to be social with each other and leave the house together. This does not happen often… Shania being home on a weekend does not happen often. It was so great to see the locals and travelers alike turn up and support the stall holders and the Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre and Museum.

The Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre and Museum is on the grounds of the Mary Kathleen Memorial Park and showcases memorabilia on Cloncurry and surrounding areas. They have so many souvenirs, gifts, post cards, t-shirts and information about the local area.

The museum is very well set out and so neat and clean it is a credit to it’s organisers. I must say my favourite section was of the pieces of hand sewn clothing they have displayed. However, there is such a large range of artifacts as well as minerals and gem stones.

They are actually having a the Rockhana Gem and Mineral Festival soon on the 5th to the 7th of July. I will try to head along and check it out!

The Sewing

Personally this sort of thing impresses me that something so delicate can survive for so long. Thank you to Helen McGrath for donating these items they are truly a treasure.

The garments, sewing equipment and trunk on display in the museum belonged to the Dempsey and Sladden families some of Cloncurry’s oldest local families. The garments are as follows:

A khaki Riding skirt – oh this beauty is not just any skirt is has a very carefully hidden pair of built in culottes as well. They were made from heavy cotton twill in roughly the 1900s.

A cream buggy jacket – very stylish for its time was more of an overcoat to protect the ladies beautiful clothing from the red dust when they came to town. Not sure on the fabric however it was made roughly in the 1900s-1920s.

A handmade evening gown – this one is one of my favourites and such a treasure however I personally think its is as an age it needs to be laying down. This gown would have been worn to many community functions and balls. Made somewhere in the 1900s to 1920s.

There are three other garments on display but you will have to visit to see them for yourself, they are worth the trip alone plus all the other items on display.

The markets

The markets had a great turn out and will hopefully grow during this busy time of year. I am considering putting together a stall myself… that might be a next year venture.

There were stalls of handicraft and sewn items (children’s clothing, quilts, placemats, etc.) as well as crocheted items. The was one stall in particular that you could smell from the car park which was Ashee Rose Bath and Body. Check out the facebook page their items looked, smelt and from all the reviews I have heard from friends are amazing. Unfortunately I didn’t buy anything because I honestly wasn’t sure what I could have that was pregnancy safe. This mummy needs to do some research so I can buy something next markets.

If you happen to be in the area later this month there are markets scheduled for the 28th July… Hope to see you there.