Gold Coast Historical Museum Inc.

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

Email: histsocbun@bigpond.com


Welcome the Presidents September Report.


For the members who did not attended the AGM on Sunday 8th September, we had an extremely successful meeting. After many years of debating the museum name change, the meeting unanimously voted to modify name to: Gold Coast Historical Museum Inc. The meeting also voted to update the Constitution. Afterwards we were entertained by vibrant TV star and entertainer Hazel Phillips, with a speech that was enjoyed by all. Two new life members were appointed, Dawn Crichlow and Gary Baildon.


At the AGM we launched the project of signs describing trees at the museum much the same as the GCCC Botanical gardens. To finance the project the signs can be sponsored by interested people, the sponsors name will be printed on the sign as the sponsor. Five signs have been sold to date. The permanent weatherproof signs will describe trees with either a photo of the tree, flower or seeds. The signs will be produced by a sign writer.


Last month’s quiz was how many sugar mills were there in the area east of Nerang? The answer was three. The first mill was at Elston, built in 1883 by Mr. J.H.C. Meyers, later he ran the Meyers Ferry. Meyers sugar mill venture was not a success and he was soon forced to sub-divide and sell most of his property which developed into the existing Surfers Paradise area. The second mill was Nerang Central Mill, situated at the end of Benowa road on the Nerang river near the Carrara Ferry. Eventually the Benowa/Nerang mill came under Government control. The third mill was the Bundall mill at the end of Campbell Street Sorrento, which was owned by Holland and Miskin.


October is going to be busy for the museum volunteers. Council are holding disaster training sessions on 2nd and 9th, we have 3 days taken with school visits, Probus club coming for morning tea on the 15th, Heritage Voice meeting 18th & Saturday 19th is Gold Coast Open House , of which we are a part of for the first time. Please visit!


David Leitch, President d.leitch@optusnet.com.au

Museum