St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers, St Marys

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Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum

We are currently closed due to renovations. Re-opening on Monday 30 anuary from 10 am.


[Please note - if you can't make it during opening hours, please contact us to make an appointment; we are happy to oblige where possible!]

The St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers Museum showcases locally sourced railway and mining memorabilia as well as many other historical and interesting artifacts, including a wide range of ephemera and unique items.

These exhibits are made available to the public due to the desire of the owners to share their collection with the general community.

There is also a local history section featuring photographs of the area in times past, which is on loan from the St Patricks Head Historical Society.

The original railway station building was made available thanks to Break O'Day Council, after submissions were invited from the community for possible uses. The building was formally leased to the successful applicant, i.e. Ian Summers, after his submission was accepted.

Ian (otherwise known as Chief Crank and Tinkerer) is a retired teacher, and volunteers his time to host visitors and look after the collection, which he co-owns with his wife, Rita.

Entry to the museum is by donation, which helps to cover running costs, as this is an unfunded operation.

Your donations also help to provide tea and coffee to local volunteers.

Books on local history and other publications are available for purchase on behalf of the authors. Items on display are NOT for sale.

Please note - A small number of items in the collection have been donated or lent by members of the public. Ian and Rita are very grateful for these, and undertake to look after them as best they can. If anyone would like their items to be returned, this will be done as promptly as possible. An inventory has been made of all donated items.
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  • Generously free entry. The owner of the collection showed us his vast collection of …well basically everything one could ever think to collect from the past century! He has a particularly interesting....  more »
  • This privately owned facility is a treasure trove of memorabilia - especially models of aircraft and boats - but also cameras and projection equipment and country odds and ends. Ian is a mine of...  more »
  • Ian has a great collection. Well worth a visit.
  • Pop in and check out the amazing nick nacks and TALK to Ian!! He has a story about a lot of the things there... and have a look at the superb craftsmanship of the model boats and galleons. Worth the visit!!

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