Brookfield District Museum

The Brookfield District Museum is located in the Brookfield Showgrounds. The building which houses the Museum was originally a farm house located in Pullenvale (a nearby suburb) which had a room dedicated for use as a Post Office. It has undergone extensive alterations organised by the Brookfield Show Society since it was moved to the Showgrounds from near its original site in White Cedar Road, Pullenvale in 2003.

The Museum was officially opened by Councillor Margaret de Wit on 3 December 2004.


Displays in the Museum reflect the occupations of Brookfield families in the past. The main industries were timber getting, farming and goldmining. The Museum has three rooms which feature exhibits relating to early Brookfield pioneering families, the Brookfield Show and many household items used last century.

It has been said that "Brookfield built Brisbane". This refers to the timber industry which was prominent in Brookfield from the 1860s. The timber (mainly pine and cedar) was cut and hauled by bullock teams to the rafting ground on Moggill Road and floated down the Brisbane River to the sawmills in Brisbane. The timber was also taken to Brookfield's own sawmill 'Bon Accord' which was established by Charles Patterson in 1875 located on Brookfield Road. Photos and implements used in the timber industry are on display.

A waistcoat worn by Patrick Pacey, a major land-holder in the area, at his wedding in 1854 is a special feature on display at the Museum.