Mount Flora Regional Museum is housed inside a water tank which was built in 1940 and remained in use until 1971. It is located on top of Mount Flora which was used as a lookout during WWII. The view from the top offers one of the best panoramic views of the coastline. There is a mural on the lookout wall which features the fish of local waters done by artist Ann Maree Pelusey.
Inside the museum you'll be able to learn about notable figures from local history dating back to the mid 1800's including Alfred and Elizabeth Waterman (whom the area is named after), Edward Hamersley whose daughter went on to marry Lord John Forrest, and Patrick Marmion who set up a local whaling station.
In 1869 Edward Hamersley bought land in North Beach for cattle grazing and built a limestone holiday cottage on the rise. It became known as the 'Castle' and was later leased to the government as a quarantine station for Afghan camel drivers and their animals on the way to the goldfields.
The museum holds photos and memorabilia exploring northern suburbs coast life like surf lifesaving, land developments and pioneering families.
On the mezzanine floor of the museum, life sized recreations of rooms from another era include a kitchen and dining room. Downstairs there is a school room which features old wooden desks and original hand written homework dating back to 1908.
The Mount Flora Regional Museum is open by volunteers on the first Sunday of each month from 1.30-4.30pm and other times by appointment. School and community groups are welcome. There is also a meeting room available for hire.
Mount Flora Regional Museum