National Carriage Factory development
The $8 million National Carriage Factory development at Cobb+Co Museum in Toowoomba was opened by Premier Anna Bligh on 4 September 2010.
The 2,000m2 extension to the award-winning Cobb+Co Museum included new exhibition spaces and facilities for community use including a volunteer workshop for retired trades people to interact with visitors and mentor young trainees.
At the heart of the facility is a purpose-built, open plan working area honouring Australia’s skilled master craftsmen. Here, heritage trades workshops and accredited training programs are conducted including blacksmithing, silversmithing and leatherwork.
Fundraising for this project was undertaken by the Queensland Museum Foundation with the assistance of the National Carriage Factory Campaign Committee, a group of Toowoomba business and community leaders, chaired by Dr Mary Wagner of the Wagner Group.
The National Carriage Factory Campaign Committee raised nearly $2 million from individuals, organisations and community groups in Toowoomba in support of the National Carriage Factory development. This included generous contributions from the John T Reid Charitable Trust along with Toowoomba locals Clive and Conchita Armitage, Clive Berghofer, Phillip Guilfoyle, Heritage Bank and Wippells Autos.
Families enjoy the new exhibitions and displays at Cobb+Co Museum.
Significant contributions were also made by the Board of the Queensland Museum, the Queensland Department of Education and Training, and the Q150 Community Legacy Infrastructure Program.
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You can make a lasting contribution to Cobb+Co Museum by purchasing a plaque in the Walkway of Honour.