King Island Historical Museum

King Island Historical Museum

King Island Historical Museum
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JElliot32
New South Wales, Australia3,849 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This is an excellent local museum, locate in the lighthouse keeper's house (1880), one of the most historic buildings in KI. It also occupies a prominent site overlooking the town and its picturesque harbour. In some ways the museum is typical of many small-town museums with many rooms overcrowded with old items. As you might expect for King Island, the information on the island's many shipwrecks is particularly strong, with two 'Shipwreck rooms' including one dedicated to the Cataraqui, wrecked here in 1840 with the loss of 399 lives. It was Australia's worst civil maritime disaster. The shed featuring the original crystal lens from the Cape Wickham lighthouse was another highlight. It was reassembled without any instructions by in its entirety by volunteers. A massive achievement I thought. The museum is definitely worth a look - for an hour or two
Written 9 April 2024
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SabineBogeCro
Egham, UK569 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The museum in Currie, near the light house, is hone to a fascinating collection of the local history, an insight into life on King Island, and gives visitors access to the lantern room next door, which houses the original lantern (light) of the Cape Wickham Lighthouse
The museum is an easy walk from Currie harbour or the town centre, but there is also parking behind the museum. Restrooms are available nearby by the lighthouse.
Written 3 February 2024
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Geddes_7
Sydney639 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
We enjoyed our visit to the museum. It contained a wealth of information about the island. It was fascinating to trace the origins of this community.

Well worth a visit.
Written 19 February 2023
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cmsoz
Launceston, Australia182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Very informative. So much history on the island. The museum provides great insight with its displays of artefacts and reading material.
Written 1 February 2023
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KimT11
Tasmania, Australia168 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
We only had small amount of time to view the museum, especially considering the limited opening hours over the winter, but we enjoyed a look around, sourced some information we were seeking and found our time added to our knowledge of King Island and its history.
Written 27 June 2022
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westy54
Sydney, Australia11,443 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
This museum is located in the former lighthouse keeper's cottage which was built in 1880 and was occupied by various lighthouse keepers and their families until 1966. The building features eight rooms and it had an identical cottage erected next to it for the lighthouse keeper's two assistants but this was demolished in the 1980's.

The museum was opened in 1979 and has quite restricted opening hours as it is staffed by volunteers. Entry was $8.00 and our host was the delightful and exceptionally informative Jill.

Each of the eight rooms in this cottage is chock full of pictures, memorabilia, furniture, costumes, china, quilts and all manner and shape of artifacts and goods, implements, tools etc used by King Island households and residents in years gone by. Of interest were the rooms dedicated to the stories of the tragic ship wrecks that took so many lives and the displays of objects which had been found or salvaged.

Jill also took us for a tour of the lens room where the original Cape Wickham Lighthouse prism is displayed.

Worth a visit.
Written 9 May 2022
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Jill H
Melbourne, Australia391 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
A well presented glimpse into the fascinating past of King Island. You could while away lots of time taking in the many exhibits.
Written 1 April 2022
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Rodney L
Sydney, Australia283 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
The museum only opens from 2 to 4pm and not sure if it’s every day. There is a small $8 charge and there are volunteers on hand to welcome you and add their commentary.
Actually the highlight of my visit was having a lovely chat with longtime local Jill who is a treasure.
Felt like we’d made a friend .
Written 24 May 2021
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johnclaude R
Melbourne, Australia31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Most interesting displays and stories. Well worth a visit which includes the huge lens which was originally used.
Written 25 March 2021
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David W
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
King Island has a lot of fascinating history, and this museum displays, very thoroughly, the island's fascinating past. Worth a couple of hours. There has obviously been a lot of thought put into the displays.
Written 22 March 2021
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