CUT THROUGH: Brooweena Historical Village and Museum secretary Gail Gauld with Lloyd Lack and Robert Walker on the cross-cut saw.
CUT THROUGH: Brooweena Historical Village and Museum secretary Gail Gauld with Lloyd Lack and Robert Walker on the cross-cut saw. Erica Murree

Take a trip back in time at Pioneer Day

SHARAH Garland is sewing herself a dress at the moment, using a sewing machine.

She's been going for weeks already but still isn't certain she will have it finished in time for the Brooweena Historical Village and Museum Pioneer Day on Saturday.

Sewing machines aren't easy at the best of times, but Mrs Garland is at least grateful she doesn't have to sew by hand, which was what had to happen up until the 19th century.

"It makes you think how lucky we are,” Mrs Garland said.

Mrs Garland is in the final mad dash of organisation before Saturday's event, of which she is event co-ordinator for.

There will be a cross-cut saw in operation, corn shelling and cracking, milk separating, butter churning, chaffing hay, blacksmithing, and washing laundry among other displays on Saturday.

"It opens your eyes to how people used to live,” she said.

"It gives the older generation memories of their childhood. Not that they lived during the pioneer era, but things were still done the same back then.”

For instance, Mrs Garland believes the house in Boompa she lives in with husband Kyno was built by her father-in-law with the assistance of a cross-cut saw.

The younger generation, meanwhile, can use this as an opportunity to learn how people used to live, Mrs Garland said.

"(They) don't know anything about our past history,” she said.

Brooweena Historical Village and Museum secretary Gail Gauld agreed with Mrs Garland.

"People worked hard and used what they had,” Mrs Gauld said.

Mrs Garland said, if she could find time on the day, you might find her giving a display at the washboard.

This is Mrs Garland's first year co-ordinating the biannual Pioneer Day.

She moved to the area about five years ago and originally had a market stall at the Brooweena Museum Markets.

However, upon hearing the markets were about to fold due to the previous co-ordinator's inability to keep them going, Mrs Garland stepped into the role and now helps out at the museum also.

A car display from the MG Car Club of Queensland's Wide Bay chapter will also be at Pioneer Day and there will be music by Karen Thomsen, who will be playing several sets.

A gazebo with seating area will be set up to provide some comfort while enjoying the music.

There will be food, coffee, drinks and market stalls at Pioneer Day, which runs from 9am-3pm.

Entry is via gold coin donation.

For more information, phone Sharah on 0400 993 099, Gail on 4129 9262 or email brooweenamuseum @gmail.com.


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