We have passed through Mareeba several times on our way to various points of interest and on each occasion there was always a large number of vehicles parked around the Information and Heritage Museum.
Decided to have a day visit - it's a worthwhile visit with a collection of memorabilia from the area and only a gold coin donation. The Historical Society also hosts a gold panning competition which just happened to coincide with the Saturday market.
The contestants would get 6 pieces of gold (size of a pin head) put into their pan and basically covered with a shovel of dirt and gravel. The first contestant to retrieve the pieces of gold in the quickest time was the winner.
|Panning for gold demonstration|
|Each time the demonstration found 3 small pieces of gold which he would put back into the pan for the next demonstration.|
|Telephone exchange at the Heritage Museum|
|The old Mareeba rail ambulance|
|Not sure what to say about this character|
|I had a chat to a couple of old timers while waiting to use the dunny, they sat and listened to me for ages!!|
|Butcher was too busy to serve Helen, so she had to walk away. Oh well salad for dinner tonight.|