In the chemists, we read about the morphine-based potion that was killing children. Next door, there’s a collection of lumberjack axes. And across the road, an archetypal 1900’s Australian bar, with a room designated for drunks.
This is eclectic Historic Village Herberton, situated about 90 minutes inland from Cairns. Over 50 dilapidated wooden building were moved here, on the back of trucks, and lovingly restored to create one of Australia’s most loved living museums.
From magazines to children’s toys, and irons to rusty cars, this is a well maintained museum for die-hard collectors and the curious. And it’s noteworthy that most of these early 20th century objects originated in London, Glasgow or Detroit. So, the age of shipping products half way round the world isn’t new.
And, an historical village for 2017 will have a lot of “Made in China” labels.