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A living 19th century 'time capsule' in the region named by Leichhardt.
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THEN

This area was first named ‘Dogwood Crossing’ after Leichhardt named the creek which flowed southwest through the town.

The town was later named Miles, when the railway was being constructed in 1878, after William Miles who was a member of the Queensland  Parliament and owned the property 'Dulacca' in the area.

In the early days, when more people settled in the district, there were a lot of dairy farms. This area of the Western Downs is really not suitable for dairying, so farmers turned to growing wheat and cotton. After spring rains, this pocket of the Darling Downs is ablaze with wildflowers.

NOW

Miles Historical Village, Museum and Visitor Information Centre is located on the Warrego Highway, on the eastern side of the town of Miles. Visitors driving either the Warrego or Leichhardt highways find the Village at a welcoming location, adjacent to a shady and spacious park offering many facilities.

The Miles Historical Village and Museum has been operating since 1971 and is one of the finest in Australia. With over 30 buildings and countless displays and a variety of fascinating collections, this open-air museum complex has become an important tourist destination featuring authentic and original buildings from the 19th century.

The goal of the community and volunteer supporters has been to try to add a new building to the ‘time capsule’ streetscape at least every year. Miles Historical Village has a regular calendar of events throughout the year, and is open every day of the year, except Christmas Day.

Schools and group tours are welcome, as are functions and events. For admission details, volunteering opportunities, and to find out more, please visit the website.

Above: This 2010 aerial view to the west over the town of Miles shows the Historical Village in the foreground.
(Wikimedia Commons)

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Above: A ‘main street’ scene in the Miles Historical Village depicts an authentic presentation of life in a Queensland country town in the 19th century, following Leichhardt’s pioneering visit to the district.
(Wikimedia Commons)

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Above: No doubting the authenticity of the interior of this timber and slab hut at the Miles Historical Village, its rough-hewn structure and furnishings giving a stark picture of a 19th century dwelling.
(Janelle Lugge / Shutterstock)
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