LOCAL HISTORIAN: Chinchilla's Lloyd Beasley has donated about 30 antiques to the Chinchilla Museum that once belonged to his family.
LOCAL HISTORIAN: Chinchilla's Lloyd Beasley has donated about 30 antiques to the Chinchilla Museum that once belonged to his family. Brooke Duncan

Highlighting our rich history

IT'S incredible to think there was once a time when Chinchilla landholders were armed with arsenic and soda on a daily basis.

The weapon that wielded the chemicals is just one of about 30 artefacts and antiques that Lloyd Beasley and his family have donated to the Chinchilla Museum.

The arsenic applicator was an early tool used by the region's pioneers in the all-out war they waged against the prickly pear which, by the early 1900s, had invaded the region with incredible ferocity.

Originally owned by his great uncle Reuben who came to the region in 1906, Mr Beasley said the applicator is an example of the incredible history of the place we call home.

But it's not the only gem amongst the collection, which also features a hand-made Kelly axe easily more than 100 years old, and a bevel gear pushbike.

"When I've shown it to a few of the old timers here and wow they think that's pretty impressive,” Mr Beasley said.

The collection has grown over time, starting with Mr Beasley's great uncle and grandfather, then being passed down to his father, before finally ending up in his own shed.

While he always planned to have some sort of display, Mr Beasley said after deciding to move away from town and closer to his family, giving the items to the museum was the perfect solution.

"What do you do with it otherwise, there's so much history in some of that stuff,” he said.

"It's the stories you pick up associated with all these pieces that intrigues me, just a different time, a different way of life.”


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