Museum boxes hold some of the region’s hidden treasures
  • Tuesday 02 February 2016
Museum box at Caloundra LibraryWhen you next visit Sunshine Coast Council’s Caloundra Library make sure you take time to explore the new SS Dicky Museum Box located in the foyer.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the display was the start of a new program to showcase the region’s “hidden” treasures for all the community to enjoy.

“We are taking bite-size chunks of our heritage out of museums and putting them into everyday life via our new, portable museum boxes,” Cr McKay said.

“The boxes make our stories exciting, accessible and easy to digest.

“The boxes will rotate throughout our libraries and other high-profile spaces kicking off with the SS Dicky Museum box which is now at Caloundra Library.

“The Cultural Heritage Levy, which helped to part-fund the boxes, is certainly ensuring the region’s stories, traditions and places continue to be protected and experienced by all of us now.”

Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said there was no doubt the SS Dicky had been an integral part of the Sunshine Coast landscape since it shipwrecked 122 years ago on the beach that now bears it name.

“The SS Dicky legacy will continue for many years as we have already produced the Time and Tide – The SS Dicky Story DVD and a 2016 heritage calendar to share the remarkable history of this much-loved icon,” Cr Dwyer said.

“We have now secured some SS Dicky memorabilia for the first of council’s Heritage Levy-funded museum box located at Caloundra Library.

“It contains some fascinating heritage objects including photos, letters and SS Dicky ‘hidden’ treasures.

“I would particularly like to thank the Landsborough Museum for lending us a special piece of their collection - a section of the SS Dicky mast which is made out of European Larch from the Black Forest area of Germany and the brass porthole believed to be from one of the wheelhouse doors.

“Also the Dicky Beach Surf Club has kindly provided a piece of memorabilia which was donated to the club in 2005 and some letters outlining the history and continuing use of the salvaged bell.

“Both pieces will be on display for the next six weeks, making them a ‘must see’ while visiting Caloundra Library, and for SS Dicky and shipwreck buffs generally – it’s definitely worth a special visit.”

Time and Tide – The SS Dicky Story film is also currently showing. Don’t forget to book to attend one of the following free sessions:

Nambour Library historical presentation
Wednesday, February from 10.10am to 10.40am.

Kawana Library historical presentation
Monday, February 15 from 10am to 11am.

Maleny Library screening
Tuesday, February 23 from 4pm to 4.40pm.

Caloundra Library historical presentation
Tuesday, March 8 from 6pm to 6.40pm.

Bookings for the above sessions via council’s website.

Copies of the DVD are available for purchase for just $12 from council’s library eShop, Customer Service Centres, Caloundra Regional Gallery and selected retailers.

To find out more about the SS Dicky and Cultural Heritage on the Coast visit council’s website.