Ave & Ferguson St
Glen Innes NSW
Glen Innes Accommodation
are we open?
Fri: 10am to noon & 1pm to 4pm Weekends: 1pm to 4pm both days
Long weekends & public holidays: 9am to 4pm Groups at any time with
available by prior arrangement.
CLOSED: Good Friday, Anzac Day Morning, Christmas Eve & Christmas
RESEARCH:( see research centre page) Appointments essential - 'phone,
write or email
The Beardies - In 1838 William Chandler and John
Duval, both with long flowing beards, were good bushmen working
as stockmen on Tilbuster station. Tilbuster was the most northerly
station at that time. People leaving Sydney looking for land were
advised to see “The “Beardies”. Chandler and Duval led the first
settlers into Beardy Plains, which was called “Boyd’s Plains” (when
Thomas Hewitt took it up for Archibald Boyd) and which afterwards
became “Stonehenge Station”. When E C Sommerlad wrote the history
of the area in 1922 he coined the name “The Land of the Beardies”.
Building - No museum can be successful without suitable
premises and the Glen Innes & District Historical Society Inc (a
community based organisation) is fortunate to occupy a building
which is itself a museum piece. Formerly the Glen Innes District
Hospital, the first section known as the Sharman wing was built
in 1877. At intervals over the next 50 years or so, further sections
were added until its doors finally closed as a hospital in 1956.
As a hospital, which was conceived, funded, built and operated by
the community, it has immense significance for the history of the
town and district.
Museum - Essentially a Folk Museum, the collection comes
almost exclusively from the town and district, and mirrors the history
and development of families, businesses, properties, public utilities,
churches and the like. In the spacious grounds are numerous examples
of early farm machinery. Several of these are very unusual and well
worth a look.
Research Centre - With more than 10,000 photographs and
over 300,000 records cross-linked and referenced to newspaper articles
the centre is a valuable resource for those people compiling family
histories. Click on the Research menu for details.