Archived Records of Past Events

Hidden Talents

As the years pass it never ceases to amaze me, the hidden talents people have that are not widely shared or known by most people.

The other day one of our volunteers let slip that she has a talent, besides the ones we are already aware of, of course, so I wanted to take this opportunity to share this talent with you all.

It turns out that Anna can draw, and not just stick figures either, but the real McCoy ūüôā

As a Christmas surprise one year, Anna was asked to do 2 portraits by her mom, of her aunts two sets of grandchildren.

Below are the 2 portraits Anna drew.

Note: these drawings are the property of the artist, they are for you viewing pleasure only, please request permission to utilize in any way from the artist.

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Anna’s aunt Naomi was so impressed with these drawing she asked Anna to do a companion piece, and as there is another grandchild on the way a third portrait will need to be done, so watch this space ūüôā

The third drawing is a piece Anna did for a Facebook group which posts a different illustration topic each week. This particular week the topic was “Animals” – it was inspired by “composite animal” designs in the Mediaeval Power exhibition at the Queensland Museum.

It was later sold in the group’s charity (for MND research) and is now in a new home in the United States.

Well done Anna, awesome job ūüôā look forward to more drawings/illustrations in the future.


Artist – Anna Freeman




The 1956 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XVI Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event which was held in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, in 1956, apart from the equestrian events, which were held five months earlier in Stockholm.

The 1956 Games were the first to be staged in the Southern Hemisphere and Oceania, as well as the first to be held outside Europe and North America. Melbourne was the southernmost city to host the games.

Equestrian events could not be held in Australia due to quarantine regulations.

This was the second Olympics not to be held entirely in one country, the first being the 1920 Summer Olympics, which Antwerp, Belgium, co-hosted with Amsterdam and Ostend.

Melbourne was selected, in 1949, to host the 1956 Olympics by a one-vote margin.

Olympic Flame Relay

The Olympic Flame was relayed to Melbourne after being lit at Olympia on 2 November 1956.

  • Greek runners took the flame to Athens.
  • The flame was transferred to a¬†miner’s lamp¬†then flown by¬†Qantas¬†Super Constellation¬†aircraft “Southern Horizon” to¬†Darwin, Northern Territory.
  • A¬†Royal Australian Air Force¬†English Electric Canberra¬†jet bomber flew it to¬†Cairns, Queensland, where it arrived on 9 November 1956.
  • The Mayor of Cairns, Alderman W.J. Fulton, lit the first torch.
  • The torch design was¬†‚Äď with the exception of the engraved city name and year¬†‚Äď identical to the design used for the 1948 London Games.
  • The first runner was Con Verevis, a local man of Greek parentage.
  • The flame was relayed down the east coast of Australia using diecast aluminium torches weighing about 3 pounds (1.8¬†kg).
  • The flame arrived in Melbourne on 22 November 1956.
  • The Olympic Flame was lit at the stadium by¬†Ron Clarke, burning his arm in the process.

When the Olympic Flame was being carried to Sydney, an Australian veterinary student named Barry Larkin carried a fake Olympic Flame and fooled the mayor of Sydney.

The Games became known as the “Friendly Games”.¬†Betty Cuthbert, an 18-year-old from Sydney, won the 100- and 200-metre dashes and ran a great final leg in the 4 x 100-metre relay to overcome Great Britain’s lead and claim her third gold medal.

Australian athlete¬†Betty Cuthbert¬†became the “Golden Girl” by winning three track gold medals. Her performance was equalled by sprinter¬†Bobby Morrow.

Australian, Murray Rose, won three gold medals in swimming.

The veteran Shirley Strickland repeated in the 80-metre hurdles and also ran on the relay team, running her career total to seven, three golds, silver, and three bronze medals.

Australia also did well in swimming. They won all of the freestyle races, men’s and women’s, and collected a total of eight gold, four silver and two bronze medals.¬†Murray Rose¬†became the first male swimmer to win two freestyle events since¬†Johnny Weissmuller¬†in 1924, while¬†Dawn Fraser¬†won gold medals in the 100-metre freestyle and as the leadoff swimmer on the 4 x 100-metre relay team.

Despite the international tensions of 1956 a young Melburnian, John Ian Wing, came up with a new idea for the closing ceremony. Instead of marching as teams, behind their national flags, the athletes mingled with one another as they paraded into and around the arena for a final appearance before the spectators. That began an Olympic tradition that has been followed ever since.

A total of 67 nations competed in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.


The Brisbane Doll Society

This year (2016)¬†is the 40th anniversary of the doll society, if you don’t want to miss this fantastic display and variety of dolls from the expensive antique French and German dolls, you only have a short time left before the year ends.

Come on down to the Kingston Buttery Factory (Logan City Historical Museum),¬†the dolls on display represent dolls that were available during the child hood of many museum members and many others dating back to the 1800’s and early 1900’s.

The Vera Kent Bride Doll has an interesting history and well worth the visit, the story of the bride doll should not be missed.


Bride Doll – found in a recycle bin resurrected back to life



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Christmas Time Again

Want a Santa Sleigh Photo experience that is fun and stress-free and only for a gold coin donation? Cheap as Chips.

Visit our Santa Sleigh, between 10am and 4pm Р7 days per week.

Bring along your camera, take family photo’s or selfies, post up on social media or print and make your own Christmas cards this year ūüôā

The sleigh was built in the 1960’s by the Kingston Butter Factory¬†workers. The sleigh was pulled by two men dressed as reindeer, it went missing when the butter factory closed in 1983, however, it was found and¬†restored by members of the Logan City Historical Society. It is now on display at the museum for all to enjoy.


Climb onboard – take that special Xmas photo for a mere gold coin donation


Wow look how old Santa is ūüôā These photos were taken at one of the annual Kingston Butter Factory workers Christmas Party prior to 1983 for their families. They were very popular events for all the children and special efforts were made to make them feel special.


Heritage Fair Success – October 2016


At the Kingston Butter Factory Heritage Fair on the 23rd October 2016. Cr Russell Lutton (Patron of the Logan City Museum) and David Amiet (President of the Logan City Museum) officially opening the event


Thank you Russell

There was plenty of fun, smiles and sunshine at the Kingston Butter Factory Heritage Fair held on Sunday 23 October 2016.

People who attended the event enjoyed browsing market stalls, viewing the vintage machinery displays in operation and a huge display of beautifully restored and loved vintage cars.

The Butter Factory Fair was supported by Logan City Council.

Photo’s – finally ūüôā

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Graham Filkins – Museum Curator counting his pennies ūüôā


Graham guarding his stash……


Graham and his better half Diane


Kingston Butter Factory Heritage Fair

Be sure to put this date in your Calendar. On Sunday the 23rd of October 2016, the Logan City Museum will be hosting the Kingston Butter Factory Heritage Fair. It will be a fun filled day for the whole family. See vintage machinery displays in operation and a huge display of beautifully restored and loved vintage cars. Food and drinks available and lots of stalls of all types. Ongoing Entertainment throughout the day. Best of all it’s all FREE. SEE YOU THERE.

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Michael putting the finishing touches on his masterpiece.





Milk and Cream Testing


Some Snapshots from our very successful Heritage Collectors Fair held on Saturday 28th May 2011.

Tinkling the IvoriesMichael putting the finishing touches on his masterpiece.

Bill with his Gramaphone Exhibit

Michael calling for participants in the 2011 Cancer Relay.

Display of Theatre Memorabilia.

Forthcoming Exhibition Details

Centenary of Kingston State School –¬† Exhibition June to August 2012

The Logan City Museum is excited to announce our newest Exhibition to coincide with the celebrations associated with the centenary of the Kingston State School. The official date  of the opening of the school was the 8th July 1912. The Museum will be presenting displays associated with the life and times of the school. This should evoke many memories for many of the former pupils of the school and should be very interesting viewing for those younger generation folks as they will be able to see a glimpse into the school days of their parents and grandparents.


Who can remember using slates and slate pencils, the nib pens and ink and writing in copy books, needle work for the girls, the introduction of the first biros, the dreaded cane and corporal punishment, Friday afternoon sport, being forced by your teacher to drink the small bottle of milk every morning teatime (even though it it had got hot from being in the sun!!) and¬†¬†going to school in bare feet. We would love to hear and record your Kingston State School memories….please contact us.

If anyone has any items of memorabilia, school books, records etc we would love for you to get in touch with us as we would be very interested in displaying your items in our Exhibition.

All our contact details are available on our home page.

The Exhibition is scheduled to be open for public viewing from 1st July 2012 and will continue until the 1st August 2012.

Notice of major forthcoming Logan Museum event for 2012. 

We at the Museum are very proud to announce that our major exhibition for next year will be focusing on the 70th Anniversary of the fall of Singapore in WW2. To recognize this historical event we are hosting a huge display which will be centred on the Australian Prisoners of War who suffered terribly at the hands of the Japanese during the forced labour that occurred during the construction of the notorious “Death Railway”, the Thai Burma Railway. The display will highlight the sacrifices made by these brave Australian men and women¬† and it is so important¬†that such an exhibition should be seen by all generations young and old, so that these terrible events are never forgotten and their contributions, sacrifices and memories survive.

Map showing the route of the WW2 Thai Burma “Death Railway”.

The Exhibition will be officially opened on the 1st February 2012 so be sure to place this date on your calendar and visit the Museum on this date and be part of what will be a terrific event. The Exhibition will run for all of the months of February and March.

Emaciated and starving Australian Prisoners of War in their bamboo living quarters.

Pack of Card Bridge on the Thai Burma Railway.

Official Opening of the ’70th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore Exhibition” on¬†Wednesday 2nd February 2012

Above: This is the Logo designed by Mic Noble which was adapted as our official bannerhead for this Exhibition.

¬†After a lot of hard work by a small band of volunteeers, together with a fair share of minor and major crises and headaches the official opening of this exhibition finally occured. At times we thought we wouldn’t get everything finished in time, tempers became a little frayed, the weather put paid to some of our planning and lots of last minute effort was expended in organizing the finishing touches. We held our collective breaths and with fingers crossed the big day arrived !!

Overall we think the day turned out to be a tremendous success; we believe we had in excess of 300 visitors on the day and the feedback we received from the members of the public was very positive and encouraging. We were very pleased with the media coverage received and the attention and interest shown. Channel 10 News spent most of the day at the Exhibition filming proceedings for a segment that was aired that night on the Channel 10 News Bulletin.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†SEE MORE PHOTOS AT “OUR MEMBERS IN ACTION ” PAGE

What follows is some of the articles relating to the event that appeared in the local newspapers and some photos taken during the day.

Tremendous thanks are extended to all the people who helped make this event the success it was…museum volunteers, family and friends, volunteers, supporters, benefactors and sponsors, Logan City Council and Councillors, donors and the many associated museums who so kindly lent items for display. Without all this assistance it would never have been possible. Our sincere and heartfelt thanks are extended to you all.

Pictured to the right is LCHMS President Bernie Lopez with Reg Knox.


Newspaper article re Reg Knox and his father as a Pow in Changi.

Newspaper Article following the Official Opening of the Exhibition on Wed 2nd Feb 2012.

Mr Cyril Gilbert Ex POW and Mr David Amiet MC at the Official Opening of the 70th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore Exhibition at Logan City Museum 1st Feb 2012

Channel 10 News Bulletin from Wednesday 1 February 2012 Re: The Official Opening of the 70th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore POW Exhibition


Lt Col Laurie West OAM pictured at the Official opening of the Exhibition.

Honours for their Sacrifices.

“Shoebox Living” by Children in the Logan Community”

A Special Mini Exhibition for 2 weeks ONLY: September School Holidays 19th September until 7th October 2014.

Recently, a representative of the organization, Children in our Community, contacted us here at the Museum and asked if we could possibly display the creative work of the Logan children who take part in this organization’s programs. The children have produced wonderfully creative, imaginative and thoughtful representations of what they feel are important aspects of our community and what it means to them.

We were delighted to be able to assist and highlight the children’s efforts which had to be represented in a shoebox and by using recyclable materials.

The display will only be at the Museum for the 2 weeks of the school holidays which will allow the children and their parents and family to visit and see their work. Visitors will also no doubt enjoy the display too, so please come and visit (and bring your children) and enjoy ALL the current displays and exhibitions in the Museum.


If you would like to learn more about this community organization, please visit their website at: http://www.cared


NEWS FLASH !!! 26th February 2013.

Currently the Logan City Museum is experiencing restricted visitor access to the display areas of the musuem due to extensive renovations which commenced in December of 2012. Major work was undertaken to install a visitor lift to allow visitors to access the upper level of the Kingston Community Centre. This project was undertaken with funding from the Logan City Council to allow, in particular, access to all areas of the centre especially for people in wheelchairs and others who might have mobility issues.

At the moment visitors are welcome, but currently the display areas are still undergoing renovations. We are hoping to fully re-open the Museum from Saturday 30th of March (Easter Saturday).

Warren Pettigrew, busy engaged in some construction work.



Bernard Lopez our construction foreman and President of our Society..


Some Newly Renovated areas


Myint Than, 3rd year Bachelor of Arts (History and Cultural Heritage) student from Griffith University doing her work placement with us; standing in front of our Community Cenyte’s new lift.

Centenary of the Australian Red Cross 

Currently the Museum has a small display which celebrates the contributions that the Australian Red Cross has made during the course of their 100 year history. Untold thousands of Australian servicemen and women have been assisted and nursed by the members of this wonderful volunteer organization. Some examples of the various items on display are pictured below.

Australian Red Cross Display

Australian Red Cross Display

Australian Red Cross Display

Australian Red Cross Display


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