St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers

St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers

St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers
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Museum of interesting things.m - ‘I tinker, therefore I am.’ (Henry Hoke) This quirky museum, operated by the banjo-playing and encyclopaedic Ian Summers, features train and mining memorabilia, vintage cameras, model ships, matchbox cars, kitchenalia, local history photographs, and much more!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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BRISBANE42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Such an interesting collection, from WWII on, military, books, comics, organs, model ships, banjo's, and everything in between. We took 2 hours to see. Good stop. We recommend
Written 4 May 2024
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JD Oz
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Found this little gem of a museum/workshop/antique hostel at the far end of St Mary’s Main Street. Housed in the old railway station it is a paradise of found items where at every turn there are exclamations of “My grand pop used to have one of these!”. Books, model planes and ships of exquisite artistry, cameras, clocks, household memorabilia…. You have to see it to believe it. The ‘piece de resistance’ is a beauty of a motorcycle ‘Indian’. We met the curator/worker Ian just as he had completed a replica of the ship, the ‘Lady Nelson’. Worth a visit and leave a donation to this very worthwhile project.
Written 22 January 2024
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Millionsmiles
Bensville, Australia82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
An oddity and a gem! If you have even 15 minutes you should stop and take a peek back in time. but beware you might be there an hour or more. Especially if you have interests in old cars, planes, trains and ships.
The volunteers who work here are super friendly people with a wealth of knowledge and an abundance of enthusiasm.
Written 18 February 2023
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Anne Doak
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We stopped here, to fill in some time, and 2 hours later we hit the road! Ian Summers, the owner of the collection had us enthralled with his knowledge, his quick wit and his passion for such a vast range of history. We had the added bonus of being entertained by him playing the banjo. Well worth the visit. 👍👍👍👍
Written 5 January 2023
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godfreys123
London, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022 • Couples
This place is incredible, must see in St Marys. A collection of every item you could ever imagine and more. The wonder of the place was surmounted only by the owner Ian, a clearly very passionate and most charming individual who will go out of his way to discuss any and all of the unique and amazing objects happily laying rest in this grotto.
Make sure to ask about old wooden ship restoration and the scattered instruments and you might be lucky enough to see some work's in progress or even a pedal organ rendition.
What a beautiful place and person.
10 stars!
Written 26 June 2022
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Georgie
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Couples
Generously free entry. The owner of the collection showed us his vast collection of …well basically everything one could ever think to collect from the past century! He has a particularly interesting pump organ and model plane collection and he is very knowledgeable about restorations. Do not pass through St Mary’s without stopping by!
Written 12 July 2021
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RLT1944
Melbourne, Australia102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This privately owned facility is a treasure trove of memorabilia - especially models of aircraft and boats - but also cameras and projection equipment and country odds and ends. Ian is a mine of information and loves to talk about his work building model boats. Make sure you ask him to play his Banjo.
No entrance fee and nothing is for sale but you can make a donation if you want to.
Well worth a visit!
Written 23 November 2019
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Peter S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Wow! Cranks & Tinkerers is truly a special place - a collectors dream. Ian is a wonderful personality and a very talented collector and restorer of a huge range of memorabilia from early cameras, vinyl records, cinema projectors, vintage model planes, cars & boats, etc. Ask him to play one of the old organs or his banjo- a very special experience.
Written 5 April 2019
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Thank you so much! Very glad you enjoyed your visit - hope you drop in again soon 😊😊
Written 7 April 2019
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pirana53
Brisbane, Australia56 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Enjoyed looking around this place and talking to Ian and his mate. Interesting and eclectic mix of memorabilia, models and some rail history in this place. Probably only interest the blokes really.
Written 19 March 2019
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Sally Spilsbury
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Solo
If you need to know anything about Stmarys or surrounding area just ask Ian hes a local was a teacher who was an excellent teacher to say very well respected for his knowledge you will need a few spare hours to here some of his stories
Written 16 February 2019
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Thanks so much! We really appreciate your encouraging comment; he is a bit of a walking encyclopaedia ... he really enjoyed teaching too 😊
Written 26 February 2019
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