News

Museum unveils local collectors treasures

Cobb+Co Museum deputy director Debbie Bailey with a polar bear from the "What do you collect" exhibition.
Cobb+Co Museum deputy director Debbie Bailey with a polar bear from the "What do you collect" exhibition. Nev Madsen

MUSEUMS, just like people, are ultimately institutions of collectors.

They hold dear items of historic significance, quirky one-off pieces and memorabilia from a bygone era.

People on the other hand collect for a multitude of reasons: tradition, out of interest or as a part of an unexplainable passionate quest.

All things collecting will be celebrated this weekend when Cobb and Co Museum opens its What Do You Collect exhibition.

The exhibition features the collections of 18 residents as well as items from the state's penultimate collector, the Queensland Museum.

"A lot of people collect something," Cobb and Co Museum deputy director Deborah Bailey said.

"And they do it for different reasons.

"As a museum we are mostly interested in the people behind the collections and the passions behind it."

Collections on show include royal memorabilia, film posters, Olympic items, aprons and military swords.

Items from the Queensland Museum were shipped to Toowoomba from Brisbane.

Ms Bailey said those items were specifically selected by Cobb and Co staff to resonate with the local community.

Items on show include an intricately carved Grandfather clock, a stuffed polar bear and a character costume from Expo 88.

The exhibition opening will be held tomorrow at 2pm as a part of the community day events

25 Years At Cobb and Co

  • Celebrations making the museum's 25 years start tomorrow with a community day.
  • Events include free guided tours, a cake cutting at 11am and free have a go sessions.
  • Events during the week include school programs, live animal activities and expert tours.
  • A twilight market will be held on Thursday evening from 5pm. 
  • For more information www.cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au
  • Debbie Bailey has a closer look at a character suit from Expo 88.
    Debbie Bailey has a closer look at a character suit from Expo 88. Nev Madsen

Topics:  cobb and co, museum, toowoomba


Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Workmates credited with saving man from certain death

THANK YOU: Bruce O'Grady in the centre with (clockwise from left) Trent Court, Chris Aiken, Dale Ward and Scott Blackwell.

BRUCE O’Grady does not remember the morning of January 25, 2016.

Milestone unveiling for Orion

NOW OPEN: Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale officially opens Orion Springfield Central's Stage 2 exapansion with Mirvac's CEO and managing director Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz.

Centre celebrates stage two completion

Ignoring skin cancer will only end painfully

Mayor Paul Pisasale goes under the knife to have a basal cell carcinoma removed.Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

Half of the state's adult population sunburnt at least once a year

Latest deals and offers

Woman in court to see the man who put her in a wheelchair

AN ICE junkie who led police on a wild high-speed chase before crashing into a parked semi-trailer injuring five people has been jailed.

Workmates credited with saving man from certain death

THANK YOU: Bruce O'Grady in the centre with (clockwise from left) Trent Court, Chris Aiken, Dale Ward and Scott Blackwell.

BRUCE O’Grady does not remember the morning of January 25, 2016.

Milestone unveiling for Orion

NOW OPEN: Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale officially opens Orion Springfield Central's Stage 2 exapansion with Mirvac's CEO and managing director Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz.

Centre celebrates stage two completion

Ignoring skin cancer will only end painfully

Mayor Paul Pisasale goes under the knife to have a basal cell carcinoma removed.Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

Half of the state's adult population sunburnt at least once a year

Young dancers wow circus judges

WELL DONE: Dancers from The Studio of Performing Arts Springfield placed in second at the Australian Circus Festival in Sydney.

Performers impress at Australian Circus Festival

Queensland's worst traffic crawl spots revealed

Traffic congestion on the Ipswich motorway

RACQ says congestion has to end with better alternatives provided

RACQ releases SE Qld's worst choke points

Paul Turner, RACQ

Paul Turner from RACQ talks about our worst roads at peak time.

British family bashed in Thailand

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Ben Hunt wary of Sharks Halfback

Ben Hunt of the Broncos looks to pass during the round 23 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium.

Ben Hunt talks about Cronulla's Chad Townsend.

Demand for acreage lots pushes up property prices

Property values in Cooroy have increased 25%

Property values jump in Cooroy and Peachester.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances