Below are some of the Items on Display inside the building.
Note there are thousands of items altogether.
Above left is a spring wound gramaphone, with an old large 33RPM speed record.
In the centre is a magnificent organ, set out in a Chappel Room.
On the right is one of Australia's most famous Musical Instuments.
It was designed or invented right here in Holbrook, by ......., and has been donated to the museum.
The exact name escapes me for the moment, but it is a "broom shaped device", covered with nailed on bottle tops. When hit with the serrated stick, or simply bounced on the floor, a somewhat musical noise can be obtained.
Above left is a Netrostyle Pianola, whereby the operator loads a roll of paper which has finely perferated holes patterned over it. By peddling the foot pedals, the paper is pulled over the reading device, which then plays a tune. These instuments were early 19th Century, and it is fascinating to know that the same principal was used in the late 1970's to input data into computers.
Above right is one of the best known pioneer style telephones, a Skeletal Ericson. This was Australia's first standard desk set in 1892.
This set incorporated a carbon granulat transmitter and receiver with ring magnet within an inner case. The generator magnets had a duel purpose of supplying magnetic flux for the generator, and as a stand for the telephone.
This instument is known as the Skeletal Ericson, the Open Frame and the Coffee Grinder.
Above left is an early century foot peddle operated sewing machine. On the walls are some of the intricate lace patterns produced.
Above right is an amazing travellers trunk. The trunk when closed is very secure, and quite large, probably twice as large as a modern day case.
When opened it reveals a set of drawers and a small hanging space. A virtual travelling wardrobe.
Above is a Butcher's Delivery Bike, used in Holbrook in the early 1900's. The butcher's name is faintly visiable on the sign board above the pedals. This bike is earmarked for restoration to as new quality.
Above is a truly unique painting. You will not have seen anything like this before. If you stand front on to the painting, you can see the Queen of England, but if you stand to the left you see the Princess, and if you stand to the right, you see the another Royal.
The painting has been done on a three dimensional medium. The Queen has been painted on the background, but the other two Royals have been painted on slithers of finely cut glass. You could compare it to painting on a venetian blind. The slithers of glass stand upright against the Queen and run from the painting of the Queen to the glass frame. So by varying the angle you look from, your vision will be of a different subject.
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