Warwick museum impresses leading historian
AN UNANTICIPATED discovery in the Warwick museum sent leading Queensland historian Margaret Doherty delving into the personal letters of a noteworthy historical figure from Warwick.
The story of Margaret Goggins, a nurse who served on the frontlines in the First World War, struck a chord with History Queensland president Mrs Doherty.
More than a namesake, Mrs Doherty was drawn to the story of the Warwick-born nurse for research on a thesis she is currently compiling.
A section of the Warwick museum devoted to the war era holds letters and other memorabilia from Sister Goggins' time in the war.
Mrs Doherty said she was pleased to make the connection when she visited Warwick with a troupe of about 40 history buffs from around the state.
A treasure trove of history and one of the oldest Queensland settlements, Warwick was the chosen destination for History Queensland to host its AGM earlier this month.
"Your museum is spectacular," Mrs Doherty said.
"You are very proud of it, which is great. You can see there has been a lot of work done."
Warwick and District Historical Society president Bernie Stephens said hosting the state's peak body for historical societies was an honour for the town.
"It's a very good advertisement for our museum ... we are looking forward to showing off what we've got in history," Mr Stephens said.
Secretary Ann Metcher said the AGM was a chance to promote the organisation's presence in regional parts of the state.
"We like to give the members throughout Queensland a chance to travel to different destinations," she said.
"We don't want to be seen as Queensland-centric."
Members of History Queensland enjoyed their morning at the Criterion Hotel before spending the afternoon strolling through Warwick's fascinating hub of history with guidance from Warwick and District Historical Society volunteers.
"We are having a wonderful time," Mrs Doherty said on the day.