Monday, January 10, 2005


A guide to country museums (Australia)


The Age
By Mary Ryllis Clark
January 03, 2005

Throughout country Victoria there are marvellous, often mysterious, stories and objects waiting to be discovered. Who would have thought that the sombre suit of armour from China in the Beechworth Museum was seen in a procession by the young Ned Kelly in 1873 and a few years later inspired him to forge his bush armour?

As Erica Sanders, executive director of Museums Australia (Victoria) points out, "Country museums are crammed with wonderful stories and amazing treasures and the people behind them dedicated, generous and passionate."

Located in the heart of the "Shipwreck Coast", Flagstaff Hill takes you back to the 19th-century world of sailing ships when coastal towns like Warrnambool were completely focused on the business of boats.

Overlooking Lady Bay, the museum has fascinating relics from many of the shipwrecks in the area, the most amazing of which is the porcelain peacock recovered from the wreckage of the Loch Ard near Port Campbell.

Shipwrecked, a magical new sound and laser show brings the dramatic story of the doomed Loch Ard and the rescue of the only young survivors vividly back to life.

Details: Merri St, Warrnambool.
Extended opening hours for the school holidays are 9am-7pm. Ph: (03) 5564 7841.
Entry is $14 for adults, $11 concession and $5.50 for children.
For details of Shipwrecked and package deals visit

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