Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum

Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum was originally an operating grocery store which opened in 1871 and traded in two generations of the same family for 101 years. The store was closed in 1972 by the founder's youngest son George. George was then aged 88 years old, he closed the store intact with unsold stock of soaps from the 1920s and curry powder from the 1890s. He also left behind the trading records, packagings and advertising material. The National Trust of Queensland purchased the store and associated family houses in 1975. The store was opened as a museum in November 1990.

Address: 
64 Lennox Street, Maryborough, QLD
Tel: 
0741212250
Hours: 
Monday - Sunday 10:00am - 3:00pm. Closed Christmas Day.
Admission: 
Adults $3.00, Concession $2.00, Children $1.00, Family (2 adults, 2 children under 15) $7.00
Facilities: 
Gift Shop, Guided Tours, Limited Wheelchair Access, Education Programs, Brochure available.
Collection: 
100 000 items including stock, records, ledgers, invoices, advertising material and packagings, all of which are the trading records and stock from 100 years of business.
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Items

Saw

The Giant Riding Saw Machine

Creator:
The Farmers Manufacturing Company Cincinnati Ohio
Description:
Timber frame, one man operated, cross cut saw, designed for cutting American soft wood and found useless on Australian hard wood.
Date:
1880 - 1890

Barrel / Keg

Butter Barrel

Creator:
Leur Brand Danish Butter
Description:
Timber barrel sued for storage of butter, imported from Denmark in the 1880s period
Date:
circa 1885
Item Id Number:
BG95/509

Tin / Packaging / Sweets

Hoadleys Sweet Tin

Creator:
Hoadleys Sweets Melbourne
Description:
Commemorative sweet tin with images of scouts. Created to commemorate Lord Baden-Powells visit to Australia for the scout Jambourie in Melbourne 1935.
Date:
1935
Item Id Number:
BG94/886

Book / Poetry

The Poetical Works of William Burns

Creator:
William Burns
Description:
Poetry and songs written by William Burns based on his observations within the Colony of Queensland. Written in a lowland Scottish brogue, includes glossary of Scottish terms.
Date:
1885
Item Id Number:
BG92/204

Telephone

Creator:
Western Electric Manufacturing Company Chicago USA
Description:
Timber cased wall mounted telephone mounted into Brennan and Geraghty's store, Maryborough in 1882. Intact with glass jar battery system.
Date:
1880
Item Id Number:
BG95/495/1-4