Hall One is dedicated to the people of Townsville. It features fascinating artifacts displays, individual histories of local personalities, and a collection of early Office Equipment and Typewriters. A major feature is the display of medical equipment and instruments of Dr Aubrey Bennett, well known medical professional and Eye Surgeon. A large collection of Pharmacist’s ingredients, tools and bottles of Townsville Chemist, William Green will capture your imagination.
Hall One also features a rotating collection of 3000 dolls from around the world, which belonged to local resident Millie McLachlan, OAM. Read the incredible story of local craftsman and artist John Godschall Johnson. Townsville Museum features one of his world famous violins, art work and a portrait of the craftsman at work.
In 1940, Townsville Daily Bulletin Gossip columnist, Mavis Cussons wore a screen printed silk ball gown featuring the News of the day to a fundraising Ball at the Townsille Showgrounds. View this special dress at the Museum. In 1914 the Department of Primary Industries Animal Health Station opened its doors at Oonoonba. View some of the instruments and early photos of DPI on dispaly.