February 2020

Est. 1972

ABN: 97 487 695 909

Museum Address:

8 Elliott Street

Surfers Paradise Qld 4217

Postal Address:

PO Box 800

Southport BC Qld 4215

Museum Number:

0490 487 586

Email: histsocbun@bigpond.com

Welcome to the President’s February Report.

Prof. John A Endler, FAA Centre for Integrative Ecology, School of Life and Environmental Sciences Deakin University recently visited the museum with his wife, wrote us a letter saying It is one of the best small museums that we have ever seen in about 30 years.” – reflecting the attitude of a majority of our visitors

We are pleased with the increase in visitor numbers to the museum not only Sundays but Tuesdays and Wednesdays also. We are now getting interstate and overseas visitors, where in the past most visitors were locals, this indicates to me that many tourists are also looking for Gold Coast history and other things to do, rather than just theme parks and beaches. Unfortunately the tourist industry only promote money making businesses.

2019 July to December volunteers worked an increase of 456 hrs; compared to 2018

There will be no more guessing how much rain the museum gardens have received, a rain gauge has been installed.

The application of over 30 bales of sugarcane mulch on the gardens is certainly paying off by conserving moisture and controlling weeds.

The museum’s phone is proving worthwhile, call numbers are increasing every month, with enquiries re opening times, booking group visits and general enquiries.

We are upgrading the bottle display. Would anyone have any old bottles from the Shambrook Soda Co? The factory was established in Coolangatta in 1918.

There was no response from last month’s request for “meet and greet” request plus Sunday’s roster. Craig is getting run off his feet. If you can spare one Sunday a month it would be a great help!

We attended the opening of the Green Bridge, Chevron Island with the marque where we displayed information promoting the museum. There was quite a lot of enquiries and sale of books.

Our resident pair of ducks who nest in the Ribbon Wood tree produced another batch of eight ducklings. (as the ducks live there can we class them as resident members)

The bees have settled in. Come and see them and look at the photos of them

David Leitch President

Phone: 0421 490 035

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