Creswick Historical Museum
A treasure trove of information on local and district families and social life. mining records and memorabilia of gold rush and deep lead mining. Art works provide a significant insight into the cultural heritage of the area. Newspapers, microfilm and photograph, provide an almost complete record of the first one hundred years of settlement.
This collection is housed in the 1876 heritage-listed former municipal offices of the Shire of Creswick. The nucleus of the collection was provided by the late Dr. E.J. Semmens who was a keen collector of photographs and artifacts of Creswick & district. The collection was expanded with works of the Lindsay family, especially of Lionel and Daryl, who spent their childhood in Creswick. Paintings by Moyle and Tibbitts illustrate Creswick during the goldrush era. Victor Litherland bequeathed the paintings in his studio (over 60 works). Paintings by Bernaldo and Longstaff are also featured. The collection has an extensive range of local history photographs and records, including a complete set of “Creswick Advertiser” from 1859 to 1974 (on microfilm). Many of the artefacts and photographs have been digitised and are available for research purposes. A highlight of the collection is a lunch pail and related artefacts from the New Australasian No. 2 Mining Disaster, which happened in 1882 with the loss of 22 miners (the worst mining disaster in Australian history). The lunch pail bears a farewell message from one of the deceased miners.
This collection documents the local history of the Creswick township and district.