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RM Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre

RM Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre

The RM Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre was built to honour this great Australian and pay tribute to the bush skills and culture that the bush was founded upon. Here visitors can learn about RM Williams’ story, bush skills, Indigenous artifacts, view the Dot Hamilton cattle exhibition, be inspired with bush poetry, and appreciate the skills shared in a leathercraft workshop or demonstration. The Centre also has a modern gallery space and exhibits many talented local and travelling artists.

Eidsvold is the self-proclaimed ‘Beef Capital’ of the North Burnett and has a rich history of successful cattle properties, droving teams and record sized cattle sales. Eidsvold is also where RM Williams chose to settle after leaving South Australia in the 1950’s, seeking a challenge and settling on a property along the Auburn River near Eidsvold. RM’s connection to Eidsvold is apparent still today, with reminders of his tenure in the small community’s various stone buildings and numerous friendly locals sharing their stories. RM’s property ‘Rockybar’ is also his final resting place, where he is at peace in the quiet bush outside of Eidsvold.
The Centre is situated along Australia’s Country Way, the A3, and is only a short walk to town, close the bushland, Showgrounds, Golf Course and Saleyards.

The Centre also offers a pet-friendly, self-contained RV Stop for $10 / van / night. Toilets are available for campers.

The Son et Lumiere is the outdoor Light and Sound Show held every night at the Centre. Playing at 7.00pm and 8.00pm this must see show shares the story of RM Williams, with local story tellers, poets, and drovers sharing interesting stories of life in the bush. The Show is projected onto a customised steel Sculpture called the ‘Language of the Land’.

OPENING HOURS

Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm (Closed for lunch between 12pm – 12.30pm)
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: 10am – 2pm
Closed: Good Friday, Anzac Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

COVID19 VACCINATION 

 For the health and safety of staff, volunteers and visitors, all visitors aged 12 and older must show proof of vaccination to enter the Centre. This is as per the Restricted Businesses checklist guidelines. If you have any questions about this requirement please contact the Centre on 1300 696 272 or email info@rmwilliamscentre.com.au

Entry pricing:
Visitor Information and Driver Reviver – Free
General admission – $10
Family admission – $25 (2 adults and 2 children)
Additional children – $3
Children under 15 – $5
Children under 5 – Free

Current Exhibition

7 January 2022 – 5 March 2022
Girrgee Art by Val McGrath

Official Exhibition Opening: 7 January 2022 at 2pm – All Welcome!

“Val is a Murri from Queensland.  She moved to Poona in December 2020 from Blackbutt where she lived for about 11 years after her and her husband retired.

Though her maternal grandmother came to Queensland at a very young age from the Flinders Ranges area and her father is Indian, Irish, Aboriginal from NSW area she was not bought up in that culture but in the Aboriginal culture of where she has lived.

Both her parents were born in Queensland, and she has been bought up and lived and worked in many Queensland towns as well as in NSW and WA.

Her main mentor is her husband’s skin brother from WA who has guided her and given her permission to paint their way. She owes much of her style and techniques to her respected Elder.

Val started painting as a hobby at a young age as a way to express herself, mainly giving her art away to family and friends and now has been fortuned enough to see her items, whether it is a painting or something she has painted on being not only bought by someone in Australia but also bought or sent overseas. She can say she has art in many homes in many countries.

Val finds painting as a way of relaxing and connecting to her spirituality as feels she is guided in her art.  Her art is a mixture of styles from the different areas she has lived and worked in, from the land of which she loves and through the support and guidance of her mentor.

Val only paints a couple of well-known stories such as the 7 sisters, Birth of the Butterfly and Spirit children. Most of her art centers around today and what she believes we need to do to heal, such as getting back to our culture, respect, connecting to country, our spirituality, and our ancestors and to be able to leave our stories for future generations.

Though she does larger paintings Val prefers to put art on everyday things that can be used eg photos frames, shoes, dishes and also does smaller paintings.

Her husband Noel, who is very handy, makes bullroarers, boomerangs, clapsticks and other items from local timber and Val paints them.

Art in many forms including music has been a large part of her life and always will be.

Her main ambition is to share their culture with the wider community.”

More of Val’s art can be seen on here and she can be contacted on mcgrath64@hotmail.com