Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre
The Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre recalls those familiar features of the Australian landscape - corrugated iron roofs, water tanks, silos, wool sheds and shady verandahs. The interior features a vaulted ceiling and displays designed to reflect the wide-open spaces, colour and character of the outback landscape they celebrate. The Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre has now proven itself to be the envisaged tourism destination. Longreach is a pivotal point on the Tropic of Capricorn, linking the Reef in the east with Uluru in the west and the Gulf country to the north. It features five display galleries; interactive and multimedia presentations; the RM Williams Library and Resource Centre situated in the Bruce Yeates Memorial Cottage; collection on display; Unsung Heroes project; children's discovery area and a introductory theatre presentation.
The main collection subject areas are stockwork and saddlery parts and tools; outback communication, including telegraph and telephone parts and machinery; transport history, relating to wagons, horses and camels; domestic equipment; clothing and other textiles; bush recreations, including sports and craft; and general items relating to rural society and industry. Included in the collection is a large component of archival material, station records, correspondence, poetry, diaries, and ledgers from throughout Australia, dating from as far back as the mid 1800s. Also featured in the collection and on display is the museum's photographic archive, containing approximately 11 000 images from Australia's rural history.