Ipswich Historical Society acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work and live. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
The Ipswich Historical Society was founded in October 1966 as a result of a recognised need in the community for the collection and preservation of the history and heritage of the Ipswich region. In July 1967, the Society began its search for suitable premises for meetings and to establish a Historical Museum.
The Society commenced collections of items of interest in February, 1969. On 2nd March 1982, the Society launched the book “Romance on the Bremer”. It was reprinted in 1992.
A patron of the Society is Life Member, Beryl Johnston. Our patron, David Donald, passed away in May 2019. Claire Guymer, also a Life Member, accepted the invitation to become a Patron in October 2019.
In 1997 the Ipswich City Council purchased the property now known as Cooneana Heritage Centre at New Chum from FAI and after the Society commissioned a study of the project, an expression of interest was submitted to the Ipswich City Council. The Society was chosen as the successful bidder to develop the Cooneana Heritage Centre Project.
The Society first occupied the site in January 2000. In 2002 the Society achieved a formal agreement and lease for the site for 10 years with another optional 10 years. Ipswich Historical Society and Ipswich City Council have enabled several other community groups to locate at Cooneana Heritage Centre:
Ipswich Genealogical Society in Brigg House
Spinners, Weavers and Fibre Artisans of Ipswich in Brighton House
Ipswich Mini-Crafters also meet in Brighton House
Queensland Metal Artisans Collective have a workshop on site.
These groups all work in cooperation with the Society.
In 2016, the Historical Society celebrated its 50th anniversary with a large Jubilee Open Day and the publication of "Ipswich Historical Society: The First 50 Years".
In 2018 the Society took part in Museums and Galleries Queensland Standards Review Program. Recommendations from the program are being implemented in the management of the museum.
To educate and inspire the wider community by promoting Ipswich history and heritage.
Through our passion for Ipswich we will research, promote, collect, record, preserve and display our history in an informative and collaborative manner, using suitable technologies and to the best possible standard.