OPEN DAY: The Ipswich Historical Society has a number of rooms set up at the headquarters showcasing life in yesteryear. (BELOW LEFT) Popular trio Outtawak will entertain the expected big crowd on the celebration day. (BELOW RIGHT) There is no doubt the kids will love the stilt walkers.
OPEN DAY: The Ipswich Historical Society has a number of rooms set up at the headquarters showcasing life in yesteryear. (BELOW LEFT) Popular trio Outtawak will entertain the expected big crowd on the celebration day. (BELOW RIGHT) There is no doubt the kids will love the stilt walkers.

Historical Society celebrates 50

THE IPSWICH Historical Society turns 50 on Saturday, October 8 and to mark the occasion they are planning a big celebration day at their Cooneana Heritage Centre headquarters.

Bus poetry, blacksmithing, history bites, historical costume parades will be just some of the many activities at the all-day celebration of the golden jubilee of the society.

Visitors will be treated to demonstrations of blacksmithing by one of Queensland's renowned blacksmiths and trade teachers, Martin Geddes, who will be using traditional techniques on the day hammering out various metal items.

Six white-hot forges will be operating throughout the day giving visitors an opportunity to see how intricately shaped items are forged from a lump of metal.

Visitors can then pick from over 20 different historical topics spread throughout the day - ranging from Ned Kelly's links to Ipswich to the mystery of the Ripley coffins, the early days of the local bullock and timber industry, Ipswich houses and architecture and the story of transport back to the 1800s told by the great grandson of one of Ipswich's famous draymen.

The historic Cooneana Homestead, built for one of Ipswich's founding fathers in 1868, though not yet fully restored, will be open to visitors on the day.

There will be food and drinks available throughout the day, many activities for children, free entertainment by Outtawak, stilt walkers, and Nickleby the Magician.

Though parking will be available at the centre visitors can choose to treat the family to a free Heritage Bus ride to and from Bundamba Racecourse where parking will be free.

The bus will travel every half hour, also picking up those arriving by train from Booval train station.

Entry will be free at the Cooneana Heritage Centre at 1041 Redbank Plains Street, New Chum.



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