Lord Edward Cardwell, after whom Cardwell is named, created a powerful legacy through reforms that directly affect lifestyles worldwide today.
One of his most significant, benefited those serving in the military forces, and we featured this as part of our 150th anniversary commemoration which somewhat fittingly, coincided with the 100th anniversary of World War One.
In addition to our exhibition featuring Edward Cardwell we recall the lives of the disproportionately high number of young men and women from the Cardwell district who volunteered to serve abroad in World War One: men and women whose names survive in the JCHM on the marble war memorial recently heritage listed.
Another special 150th anniversary exhibition in 2014 featured the story of Johann Christian Hubinger after whom our museum is named, including something of the life he left behind in Europe to settle in the bush near Cardwell in 1869.
A highlight of the Hubinger exhibition at the time, was be the well-preserved 1892 wedding dress of Johann’s eldest daughter in law, Ethel Hubinger.