The Ipswich Historical Society started in 1966 and was successful when Ipswich City Council requested proposals for the use of this site. Now known as Cooneana Heritage Centre it has been the home of the Society since 2002. Named for Cooneana Homestead, built in 1868, and still in its original location, the site now has more old buildings housing and complementing the activities of all the groups that have joined us. External displays of mining equipment amongst the picnic tables allow visitors to gain insight into a significant part of the industrial history of Ipswich before they even come in!
Open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm and for special events on other days, visitors enjoy being shown around by our knowledgeable tour guides.
The role of The Ipswich Genealogical Society Inc. is to assist and support people researching their family history. It was formed in 1977 and the first genealogical society in Queensland. The Patron is the Mayor of Ipswich Teresa Harding.
The Society holds not only local records, both in book form and electronically, but also records from all Australian States and overseas. “Bremer Echoes”, the magazine of the society is published three times a year, is free to members, and is exchanged with a number of Australian as well as overseas groups.
We are based at “Brigg House”, Cooneana Heritage Centre, and the building is wheelchair accessible.
The Historic Motor Cycle Club of Queensland (HMCCQ) is an enthusiasts’ Club of more than 1300 members who take pride in keeping motorcycles 30 years and older on the road. Originally formed in September 1970 the club now comprises of 15 areas throughout Queensland. Members of the Ipswich Area meet at 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of each month at the Cooneana Heritage Centre, 1041 Redbank Plains Rd, New Chum.
Ipswich Mini Crafters welcome new members to our scale model & dollhouse miniatures craft group who meet 7pm Wednesday nights in Brighton House at Cooneana Heritage Centre. We make miniature scenes, room boxes, dollhouses, furniture, buildings, and pretty much anything & everything that goes in them using all manner of materials.
Find out more information on our web site or Facebook page, just look up Ipswich Mini Crafters.