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Boundary Road, Parkhurst QLD
Boundary Road, Parkhurst 4702 QLD - See Map
Can you imagine living in a household without electricity, running water,sewerage, plumbing, gas, without the myriad of machinery, appliances and facilities we take for granted today?. Many of these essential services were not introduced until relatively late in the 20th century. In Rockhampton it was not until 1924, that electrical street lighting was introduced. A fully functional sewerage system was not installed until1978.
The question is "How did people live without these things 100years ago"?.
We visited the Rockhampton Heritage Village, set in 11.4 hectares of bushland, incorporating an historical township, portraying life as it was from the 1850's through to the 1950,s. With it's Historical fire engines, restored hospital, school house, church, shearing shed, old drop slab cottages, this is graphically depicted. The houses are furnished and arrayed as they would have been, complete with gardens, barns, and live poultry. There are numerous working sheds, including a Blacksmith's forge, vintage cars, tractors, coaches and a fire station. The1st Central Queensland Lighthorse Regiment have a display, an early hospital is fully furnished and presented, as is a pioneer style classroom, and a charming historical church. Myrtle Perkins doll collection of more than 1500 dolls is fascinating as is Australia's largest "Old clock" display dating back to 1830. Also included in the complex is a "Timber cutters camp" and a large "Farmyard" complete with live animals. This amazing complex is still a work in progress with many new projects either underway or planned for the future. Tours are available either in vintage cars, horse-drawn "Cob & Co" coach, or early open-sided tram or bus. "Arnolds", a replica 1920's general store, serves refreshments of, drinks, damper, pies, sausage rolls and Devonshire teas for your enjoyment. This venue is very popular for weddings, functions, market days etc.
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