Discover the brand new exhibition at the Clermont Historical Centre.
Discover the brand new exhibition at the Clermont Historical Centre.

New exhibition explores Clermont’s great medical history

DISCOVER the medical tales of resilience that changed Clermont’s history and explore the town’s greatest stories in a brand new historic display.

The Clermont Historical Centre will reopen this week with a new exhibition, Reflections of Resilience, honouring the courage and resilience of medical pioneers of the district.

Explore the makeshift 1960s maternity ward, browse surgical instrument collection from the 1920s-60s and view an authentic World War II nurse’s uniform.

Peak Downs Hospital, Clermont in 1920.
Peak Downs Hospital, Clermont in 1920.

Councillor Lyn Jones said the exhibition featured a nine-metre long timeline to take visitors back to an era where doctors, nurses and midwifes pioneered medical services in the district.

“Their drive for compassion changed the course of Clermont’s history,” she said.

“Beatrice Huston, a local Clermont lady, challenged the status quo by becoming the first Queensland nurse to enlist in the Boer War in the 1900s.

“What an inspiring story we can share with our locals and visitors of the resilient nature of Clermont women.”

Children can get involved in the interactive scavenger hunt, uncover clues with a chance to win a small prize pack along the way.

The exhibition, which runs until December, aligns with the World Health Organisation International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, in honour of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.

The new Clermont Historical Centre exhibition, Reflections of Resilience, showcases Clermont Hospital's historic medical and midwifery collection.
The new Clermont Historical Centre exhibition, Reflections of Resilience, showcases Clermont Hospital's historic medical and midwifery collection.

The Clermont Historical Centre is located on the Gregory Highway and is open Wednesdays to Saturdays from 9am to 3pm.

Admission prices are $6 for adults, $4 for pensioners, $3 children under 12 years and $15 per family with two or more children.

Restrictions remain in place with visitors required to carry out social distancing and other Queensland Health safety directives.


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