CYNTHIA Berthelsen has spent 46 years preserving and passing on the history of the North Burnett and knows the importance of her work.

"An object is no good without a story," Mrs Berthelsen said.

"A plough means nothing to a child these days unless you can give them the story behind it."

Mrs Berthelsen speaks about history with passion and grace that demonstrates the effect historical knowledge has on someone.

"It's amazing how often we have school kids come through here and then return later on with their parents or grandparents," Mrs Berthelsen said.

"They then have me retell a story that obviously captured their imagination which at the time I wouldn't have considered starting."

The joy of teaching people about the rich history of the region is something Mrs Berthelsen enjoys and never thought she would ever do.

"I hated history when I was in school," Mrs Berthelsen said.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would become interested in these things."

Mrs Berthelsen moved to the region as a child post-war and has been a North Burnett resident ever since.

"In 1969 we formed the historical society when the council bought the old cottage to save it," Mrs Berthelsen said.

"They then leased the cottage to the society so that it didn't need to be turned into a plumbing shop."

Mrs Berthelsen has been community minded since an early age joining the show society, ambulance committee and a number of other community groups.

Mrs Berthelsen said something did not need to be old but instead significant for it to make it into a museum and her husband thought the same way.

"My husband was interested in heavy machinery and a number of our items here belonged to him," Mrs Berthelsen said.

"The more impressive pieces on display still belong to their owners in case the committee collapses one day they can take them back."

It may be the sentimental value and the memories of a more innocent time that draws people to the museum and Mrs Berthelsen can understand why.

"Most of the tourists that come here are over 50 and say they remember these things from their youth," Mrs Berthelsen said.

"When I started school at six-years-old I would ride a horse across the countryside to school which in this day and age would have caused a stir."

It was an innocent time that Mrs Berthelsen looks upon with sentimental eyes also.

"We had a freedom that the kids today would have no idea what its like," she said.


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