History buffs, book lovers and those who enjoy reading to their children while indulging in a nostalgic wander through the past are in for a special treat with the Historic Village Herberton’s latest attraction.
The village bank has had a retro facelift and been modified to accommodate the Robert Ringrose Library and Reading Room – another connection with the Atherton Tablelands’ past.
Shelf after shelf of old magazines and manuals, novels and children’s books that hark back to a simpler time line the walls of the reading room.
A simple wooden table and chairs provide a place to relax and explore classics and quirky reads that give an insight into times past. Many of the books and periodicals have come from the original Herberton School of Arts, which was established in 1881.
Historic Village Herberton manager Judy Cooper said it was heartwarming to see modern mums and dads reading to their little ones from books that would have been more familiar to their own grandparents.
The Robert Ringrose Library and Reading Room is named in honour of Robert Colin Ringrose who arrived in Herberton in 1887 as a young man of 31. He enjoyed a distinguished career as a solicitor and barrister and had a special interest in geology and natural history.
Ms Cooper said Robert’s son Edward attended Herberton State School and perhaps it was this experience as a student in a small regional school that inspired him to become Professor of Education and Dean of External Studies at Queensland University.
He was responsible for the setting up of study centres for external university students and developing what became known as the Ringrose Libraries.
“Herberton’s Ringrose Library was located in the School of Arts building, which still stands in the town’s main street. The library was used by teachers and students undertaking tertiary studies until its closure in the early 1970s,” Ms Cooper said.
The Historic Village Herberton offers a rare glimpse into Australia’s pioneering past and cultural history with exhibits ranging from Aboriginal through to World War II. It is a living museum experience, with demonstrations of trades and activities from times past.
The Village is pet friendly (dogs on leads are welcome) so the whole family can come and enjoy the sights and even picnic in the lovely grounds. For opening times and admission prices see www.historicvillageherberton.com.au.
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