David Mewes

David has had a life-long interest in railways and rail history with a particular fascination for the railways used in Queensland's sugar industry.

David Mewes
He was a founding member of The Australian Narrow Gauge Railway Museum Society in 1971. David was elected an Honorary Life Member in 2002 having served continuously on the Society’s Board of Directors, as Secretary and then President between 1971 and 2002.

He gained tertiary qualifications in industrial chemistry from the Queensland Institute of Technology and worked as a food technologist for 32 years for a major Australian food manufacturer before leaving the firm in 1999. He spent the next twelve months working as a contractor.

Queensland Rail appointed him Curator for their Heritage Collection at the Railway Historical Centre, North Ipswich in 2000 and for the next two years he worked alongside the external museum consultants selecting the objects and developing the themes and stories for The Workshops Rail Museum project. During this time David undertook external studies through Deakin University to complete a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies.

The Workshops Rail Museum became a campus of the Queensland Museum on 1 July 2002 and David joined the Museum as Assistant Curator on that day. 

David was awarded the Queensland Museum Scholarship in 2006 and spent 5 weeks studying railway museums and heritage railways in the UK.

He was appointed Curator at The Workshops Rail Museum in 2009.



Curator, Cultures & Histories Program


Grad.Dip. Museum Studies (Deakin University)

Tertiary qualifications in Industrial Chemistry

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