Photographic memory of Workshops history

28 July 2010

Lifting the Beyer GarrattVisitors to The Workshops Rail Museum will get a beautiful glimpse into the history of the Ipswich Railway Workshops with the Final Gauge exhibition, 31 July - 29 August.

On display as part of Ipswich 150 celebrations, the exhibition was developed by Robyn Buchanan and Lyle Radford, and presents the history and culture of the Ipswich Railway Workshops through documents and images.

Final Gauge is a nostalgic telling of ‘the railway story’ from the beginning of the railways in Queensland and captures the sentiment of an important era in Ipswich’s history.

Director of The Workshops Rail Museum Andrew Moritz said the exhibition was an important record of the Ipswich Railway Workshops and would add another layer to the stories told in the Museum’s permanent exhibits.

“The Ipswich Railway Workshops has a very strong culture with generations of Ipswich families working there throughout its 125 year history,” Mr Moritz said.

“As the site was behind a fence and closed to the public for many years, the exhibition provides an opportunity for people to see what the workers did, particularly in the early days.”

Entry into the Final Gauge exhibition is free after general Museum entry which is $19 for adults, $16 Concession Card holders, $11 for children 3 to 15 years, free for children under 3 years and $57 for a family of two adults and two children.

The Final Gauge exhibition is on loan from the Ipswich Art Gallery.

The Workshops Rail Museum is part of the Queensland Museum and is winner of Australian and Queensland Tourism Awards for Heritage and Cultural Tourism.

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