Railway cottage restoration soon to be unveiled

KIDS from a Crestmead school holiday program have become the first members of the general public to see inside an old railway cottage that has been restored on Logan Village Green.

The cottage will have a new lease life as photo gallery showcasing a collection of railway and river transport photos which date back to the 1800s. The cottage may still be empty but that didn’t stop them speculating about what life was like for those who worked there.

Museum curator Coralyn Cowin warned there was nothing inside as the group tried to pile through the door.

“There are shelves,” said one. “What do you think they used those for?”

The railway cottage, which dates to about 1902, was moved to the green from Logan Village Pony Club where it was used as a storeage building. It was raised on stumps, with assistance from Logan City Council, and made water tight and painted by volunteers.

Ms Cowin said a donation made by Bunnings this week meant the museum now had the budget to mount its photographic exhibition on board and hang it.

She hoped the work would be finished by the end of the month so the building could open in time for Eats & Beats on October 26. Eats & Beats is Logan City Council’s travelling monthly pop-up food truck and music festival. It brought about 7000 visitors to the Green during its last visit a year ago.

Logan Village Museum is housed in a number of buildings which can be found at Logan Village Green.

A jawdropping number of curios are on show in Fettler’s Cottage (1880-90), the old Logan Village dance hall (1878) and Pioneer Hall.

Other buildings on the Logan Village Green include Doo Drop Inn, a store which sells the work of locals arts and crafters set up in a house moved from Wharf Street (1800s).

An old school house used by community groups six days a week, and school masters house, now used as a Logan City Council library, are both heritage listed.

Councillor Laurie Koranski contributed divisional funding to relocate the old railway cottage to its new site behind Col Ferguson cottage.

“The railway cottage is the latest gem in the crown that is Logan Village Green and I’m delighted we were able to support the community in relocating the hut from pony club to green,” she said.

“I can’t wait to see it unveiled.”

Asbestos was discovered in the floor of the old Logan Village school house, used six days a week by community groups this week. Logan City Council acted swiftly announcing the material would be removed and replaced between October 15 and 21 with a report added to its asbestos register.

Logan Village Museum is open seven days a week from 9am-noon or by appointment. Entry is $2 for adults; $1 for children.