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King Island Museum

36 Lighthouse Street, Currie, TAS 7256, Australia

Overview

Hours: 2-4pm

The King Island Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the Island’s rich history and established the Museum in a former lighthouse keeper’s cottage in 1980. With a collection of an estimated 2,000 objects and 1,500 photographs, the Museum offers an insight into how life was back in the days of sealers, shipwrecks and pioneering settlers. Discover relics from the large number of shipwrecks around the Island’s coast, view the homemade implements early settlers had to build & use to survive the harsh Island life and more.

Description

Founded in 1968 by members of the community, the King Island Historical Society has amassed a large collection of historical artefacts from around the island for over fifty years. In 1980 the former lighthouse keeper's residence, and built in 1879-80, was secured by the society and the council to become a museum. Since then, the King Island Museum has become an important part of the community. It contains, among the many artefacts, a large collection of shipwreck artefacts. Three rooms are dedicated to shipwrecks including The Cataraqui (wrecked 1845) (Australia's worst civil maritime disaster) and The Netherby (wrecked 1866). Artefacts range from coins to porcelain, and from clay pipes to cannon balls, etc. You can also learn about David Howie, the islands legendary hero. The Natural History Room makes special reference to Australia's pygmy emu which once thrived on the island, before Europeans drove the animal into permanent extinction. The museum also displays one of its most important exhibits-the original Cape Wickham Lens, made in Paris in 1858-59. If you're researching for family history, feel free to browse our historical records in the library. Please be aware that copyright may apply. Just ask one of the volunteers for assistance. For group bookings please contact the museum during opening hours or by email.

Cancellation Policy

No refund for booking cancellation.