The Maclean District Historical Society Inc’s Stone Cottage was built by early immigrant Johann Georg Schaefer, between 1879 – 1889, from stone blocks quarried from the site. Local timber was also used in the cottage, with the roofing made of English iron.
Schaefer died in 1905, which saw the cottage being occupied by a succession of tenants.
It was eventually acquired by the then Maclean shire council and given to the Historical Society in 1973 for development as a museum.
This museum houses an extensive research facility on local and family history, along with parish and cemetery maps and a huge collection of photographs.
With over 14,000 family history cards and accompanying letters and photos, you are bound to find something to help you with your search for information regarding family history.
Their maritime, school, hospital, barber shop and Scottish themed static displays are impressive. The museum also houses historic (horse drawn) carts, along with an array of farming implements from bygone years.
The Maclean Museum is located on the corner of Wharf and Grafton Streets, Maclean. Ph: 02 6645 3416.
Opening Hours are:
Friday 10am – 4pm, Wednesday and Saturday 1 – 4pm – Other times by appointment.
Email: [email protected]