Find out what’s behind closed doors

Opening the door to the past.

There will be a chance to feed curiosity and celebrate the Australian Heritage Festival at Sunshine Coast’s Heritage Symposium in May.

Renowned heritage professionals will share insights into some of South East Queensland’s distinguished heritage homes and museums.

Attendees will hear stories from behind the door – of hidden collections and generational links that have unearthed fascinating and often private connections.

Keynote speakers include curators, historians and heritage specialists. Regional insights will also be revealed.

Free event – enjoy complimentary morning tea and light lunch. Bookings required.

To book a seat on the free coach departing from Eumundi and Yandina, contact 5420 8600 or email


• Hear stories of state heritage-listed Newstead House, Brisbane’s oldest surviving residence. The late Victorian style house was originally built in 1846 as a small cottage in the style of Colonial-Georgian. The house has an intriguing history of owners and leases from its original Scottish settler owner, Patrick Leslie, to Member of the Queensland Legislative Council, George Harris.

• What lies behind the door at Queensland Museum. The hidden curiosities from the collection and the behind the scenes processes as well as how curators identify objects from the extensive collection for loan to schools and community museums.

• USC historian, Dr Amy Clarke will share some intriguing and entertaining stories she has uncovered throughout history.

• Insights from the region will be shared, including the story behind Landsborough Museum and recent changes. The museum is possibly the only one of a few museums that is housed in an original shire building. The historic 1924 Landsborough Shire Council Chambers is a state heritage-listed building.

• The Historians in Residence will share how through community involvement they uncovered curious stories that added to their research. The historians will present their full research findings at public talks on May 20 and May 26. More available on the website.

Public Talks – Both historians will speak on the outcomes of the residency.

• Friday 20 May, 9.30am – 11.30pm at Bankfoot House Heritgage Precinct with morning tea served.

• Thursday 26 May at Nambour Heritage Library 9.30am – 11.30am

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