Gold Coast Historical Museum
The Gold Coast Historical Museum is tucked away off Bundall Road on the traditional lands of the Yugambeh people. Originally part of an indigenous gathering place, a portion of the site later became a cemetery for pioneer families with a few marked graves remaining on the site.
It is now home of assorted buildings that include the Sheldon Artist Studio, which belonged to Vincent Sheldon (1895-1945), a prominent Queensland etcher and member of Brisbane’s Half Dozen Group.
Buildings on site include a faithful reproduction of the pioneering Veivers family Boowaggan Cottage, built by Robert Veivers and his wife Eliza in 1861.
The John Elliott Building is constructed of bricks salvaged from the Fortitude Valley gasworks. This building is home to rare indigenous artefacts and Trans-Pacific Cable memorabilia that showcases the importance Southport played in Australia’s communication history.