The Winton District Historical Society was formed on 20 March 1970. The committee of the day could see the need to preserve our history, through the collection of historic items from within the shire. On 17 August 1972, Qantilda Pioneer Place museum was opened in a small brick building, formerly the premises of the local accountant.
Today the Society operates as the Winton District Historical Society and Museum Inc.. We have outgrown the original site, and eight buildings now make up the complex, known as Qantilda Museum. Since 1998, we have shared pride of place with the Waltzing Matilda Centre. A single admission fee gives visitors access to the whole complex.
Our Collection now extends to over five thousand exhibits. Please take time to view this fascinating collection ranging from early dinosaur, aboriginal, pioneer, opal mining to present day objects. Come and see what granny used, to do the washing, ironing and cooking. How do you think you would have survived in the late 1800's or early 1900's, or even the 1930's.
The Historical Society, run by a group of dedicated volunteers, oversees the Collection and makes decisions on new acquisitions. Our policy is to accept only artefacts that relate to the history of the Shire. We love to hear the story behind an object, to bring our history alive.
What's New at the Museum
Building on the Sheep's Back - a historical exhibition focusing on the wool boom in Winton during the 60s.
An exciting new history exhibition featuring items from the Museum Collection has been installed in the Banjo Paterson Room.