Volunteer Ron spreading his homemade butter onto very fresh bread.  Yum.

Volunteer Ron spreading his homemade butter onto very fresh bread. Yum.

Mater Dei visits Samford Historical Museum

Fifty-five anxious Grade 1 students arrived along with teachers and parents from Mater Dei, West Ashgrove. First port of call was the timber demonstration informing the children of how it was in years gone by – yhe way the timber was cut for different uses around the farm.  Next came little lunch (morning recess).  Four groups were involved in the day’s events, each group visiting different elements of the museum over a period of four hours.  The old Provisional School is always a draw card for the children, a totally different experience from today’s classroom.

The students are fascinated by the way in which milk can be made into butter in such a short process.  The best part of this session is when they get to taste the end product on very fresh bread.  The children are eager to be involved in all aspects of the laundry, from washing the clothes in the old copper boiler to ringing out washed clothes, hanging them on the line.  When dry, folding them neatly as they go.  Girls and boys alike.  The kitchen is so completely different to what they have at home, full of very old “modern cons” of the day.  The wood stove and its timber and kindling already waiting to be lit;  The base of the then fashionable iron in readiness for the daily ironing;  The ice chest waiting for the delivery of the big ice block;  The old fly trap hanging in readiness for the unsuspecting victims, just to name a few.  All items pre-electricity era of course.

It has been noticed the most exciting part of the blacksmith is the flair of embers that soar into the air.  The ooh’s and ah’s are a very common sound.  The children are shown the different types of works carried out on the forge.  The shop certainly is a step back in time, almost a “mini supermarket” –  The old fashioned scales used to weigh tomatoes, sugar, flour, tea;  Calico bags with doll patterns on the back used to hold flour;  and Milk bottles from all eras.

Interested in visiting the museum as a group, contact 3289 2743 or 0417 610 983.

Bev Rauber Campbell. *


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