Welcome to Miegunyah House Museum

home of The Queensland Women's Historical Association.

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Current Display

Our new display is "Perspectives and Perceptions - Highlights from the Miegunyah Art Collection". Some of the art pieces on display are of national significance. To add a contemporary flavour to the collection, works from the Fireworks Gallery and from celebrated sculptor, Rhyl Hinwood, will also be displayed.

Small group bookings are now available if you would like to view the display. Please contact Miegunyah by email at qwha.miegunyah@gmail.com for more information or visit our Facebook page for updates.

Special Opening Event - Miegunyah at Twilight

Miegunyah at Twilight is an opportunity for people to visit Miegunyah House Museum and see the charm and elegance of this heritage-listed home which has been lovingly restored by the Queensland Women's Historical Association (QWHA) to reflect an earlier way of life. Many of the furnishings and items on display belonged to Queensland's pioneer families. Even if you are familiar with Miegunyah during the daylight hours, the evening gives a different glow to the lovely Queensland house built for the Perry family in 1886.

The event is part of the Australian Heritage Festival where we celebrate our heritage, our communities, our diversity and creativity by bringing heritage to life at special historical locations such as Miegunyah.

The evening event will also be the official opening of the display of "Perspectives and Perceptions" highlighting the art works of the QWHA collection.

The evening will begin with champagne and canapes on the verandah. The official opening and addresses will be followed by a tour of Miegunyah focussing on the artwork. The event is expected to finish at approximately 8pm.

Event Details:
When: 7th May 6pm - 8pm
Where: Miegunyah House Museum, 35 Jordan Terrace, Bowen Hills
Cost: $35 ($30 for members of QWHA)

Bookings:
By email to qwha.miegunyah@gmail.com
By Phone to Secretary on 0408 355 198

Payment can be made by:
By Direct Debit Transfer: NAB: BSB 084004: A/C 15395893.
If you pay by bank transfer please give the following details: Name MT
By Cheque: payable to The Queensland Women's Historical Association
On the night: Both electronic and cash payments will be available.

Miegunyah General Opening Hours

Wednesdays 12.30pm - 3.00pm (Guided Tour at 1pm only)
Saturdays 12.30pm - 4.00pm (Guided Tour at 1pm and 3pm)
Sundays 12.30pm - 4.00pm (Guided Tour at 1pm and 3pm)

Devonshire teas are available from
12.30pm - 3.00pm on Wednesday
12.30pm - 4.00pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Group visits and functions are available on other days by prior arrangement.
Please allow for at least 14 days notice if booking for a group.

Conditions for Opening Museum for Public Tours

Miegunyah is open to the public for tours of our historic house museum, including current displays. The Museum is open to the public from early February until late November, although we are closed for each Easter weekend, ANZAC Day and the Exhibition holiday in August.

We are currently operating under COVID-safe guidelines, and as such:
ALL VISITORS TO MIEGUNYAH MUST NOW PRE-BOOK.

To book email qwha.miegunyah@gmail.com or phone the Secretary on 0408 355 198

Opening times are subject to change, sometimes at short notice: Please check our What's On page for details of special events and private functions when the house may be closed.

Admission prices include a guided tour.

(Admission and catering prices are all subject to change).

Adults $10.00
Children (primary school age) $5.00

Devonshire teas

, served on the house verandah, are also available ($10.00 per serve).

School groups and other group bookings

Please email qwha.miegunyah@gmail.com or phone Secretary Robyn on 0408 355 198

Gift vouchers are available $40

a perfect gift for Mother's Day, Birthdays, or any occasion.

Tour of the House Museum & Devonshire tea for two people.
Contact us to arrange payment & direct mail delivery.

Previous Displays and Other Resources

You can view the "High Society" display as a virtual tour. Proudly supported by a Brisbane City Council History grant, "High Society" is a display of evening wear from the Miegunyah collection. Queensland textile conservator, Dr Michael Marendy carried out extensive conservation on many of the pieces in the display. We hope that you enjoy this tour.

Please listen to this Podcast featuring an interview with Dr Michael Marendy: "A little black dress", produced by Brisbane Living Heritage Network as part of their "My Favourite Item: unravelling Brisbane's history piece by piece" podcast series.

Please view our video showcasing Miegunyah's Treasures, see below or go to our Facebook page.

Built in the 1880's when local tradition was at its most opulent, Miegunyah is one of Brisbane's most accessible Heritage Homes. Richly decorated with iron-lace balustrades, filigree columns and friezes, and furnished in the style of the late 19th century, Miegunyah is a living example of Victorian elegance and charm. Step through the wide cedar door way into the House Museum, be fascinated by exotic collectables from travels afar, learn about the people who lived at Miegunyah and ghosts that never left. Even glimpse the labours of 19th century housekeeping!

Miegunyah House Museum, the archives, research and publishing activities are maintained by
The Queensland Women's Historical Association as a Memorial to the Pioneer Women of Queensland.

To view aspects of our collection online please go to the QWHA eHive page.

Miegunyah is open to the public for tours and Devonshire teas. Miegunyah is also available for group visits, special interest groups, corporate and private functions. The Queensland Women's Historical Association (QWHA) holds history related talks in the formal dining room.

The QWHA archives and research facilities are held at the House Museum in a secure climate controlled environment. Access to these facilities is available to researchers by appointment. The QWHA also produces a range of books and other publications. To view a list of these publications please download our current books and publications file.

FREE PUBLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD:

Download a copy of the report "Significance Assessment of the Collection" prepared by Dr Judith McKay for a National Library of Australia grant received in 2016.

Download a copy of Dr Judith McKay's article published in the February 2019 edition of The Australiana Society Magazine "Trust the women: women lead the way in preserving Queensland's heritage" (article available with the kind permission of Dr Mackay and The Australian Society).

Download a copy of the catalogue from our exhibition "We Remember" a tribute to the 100th anniversary of Anzac Day. The exhibition ran from April 22nd until August 3rd 2015. The display concentrated on three key elements of war: Patriotism, Service and Loss. The exhibition displayed the objects and stories that have been stored in the Miegunyah archive. The catalogue is available from this link at the State Library of Queensland through One Search.

There are also two small articles available for download about the nursing careers of "Matron Eunice Paten" and "Matron Julia Mary Hart", two of the first four Queensland nurses to enlist and leave Brisbane on the HMAT A5 "Omrah", which was one of the 7 ships in the first Australian and New Zealand convoy to leave Australian waters for the Middle East.

Download a copy of the catalogue from our exhibition "The Bride Wore White", displaying 200 years of Wedding Fashion and Accessories, which was held at Miegunyah in 2013.

How to find Miegunyah House Museum

35 Jordan Terrace Bowen Hills, Brisbane

Miegunyah House Museum is situated within the Breakfast Creek Heritage Precinct and is easily accessible by public transport. TRANSLink 13 12 30 or www.translink.com.au.

Large bus drop-off area is near the front entrance on Jordan Terrace.
Mini bus and wheelchair access via rear entrance off Roche Avenue.
Street parking is available for private vehicles in Jordan Terrace and Roche Avenue.
Please note these streets are within the Brisbane central traffic area and restrictions apply.

Miegunyah House Museum regular Open House Program and the QWHA archives & research facilities are made available to the public by the generous support of volunteers.

The Queensland Women's Historical Association is proudly supported by Brisbane City Council

through a Historical Organisation Assistance Grant 2020/2021