Our Museum holds significant historical items including photographs, costumes, decorative arts and artefacts from the Mount Alexander goldfields district.The Historical Museum provides a fascinating look at the history of Castlemaine and the surrounding regions. From the Dja Dja Wurrung people, through to the Gold Rush and beyond, the museum has something for everyone. There is a treasure-trove of objects and delights adults and children alike.
Drawing on the Historical Museum’s collection, the thematic exhibition Camp to City: Castlemaine and Mount Alexander District presents a rich and colourful history. Themes include: indigenous Australians; the goldrush and mining; Chinese on the goldfields; the regions’ development; surrounding towns; prominent early citizens; 20th century Castlemaine and much more.
Volunteers play a vital role in the Museum. Below valued Museum volunteer Diane Frape-Linton talks about the Museum and what is on display.
“You’ll find the museum downstairs. It is in two quite distinct parts, the first contains showcases full of decorative art items: ceramics of various types, silverware metal craft and enamel work. This includes an impressive selection of work by Stanley Ellis and his pupils, mainly women, at Castlemaine Technical School in the mid 20th Century, as well as examples of the work of Howard Tozer.
Stanley Ellis, Assorted Enamel Ware, Gift to the Castlemaine Art Museum.
The second section features information about surrounding townships, and prominent citizens of Castlemaine. The displays here include several cases of taxidermy and many artefacts used during the goldrush including those associated with the Chinese population in this area. At present one shop window case contains clothing and other items from the 1940s. The flat wall cases are full of small items used by citizens in the local area as well as items connected with industries such as the Sericulture venture at Harcourt and the Campbell’s Creek pottery.
There is something to appeal to children in the displays of the toys from an earlier era, models of mines and a cottage, and, the types of horse drawn transport used in the 19th and early 20th centuries.