The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre is Australia’s premier outback heritage institution. Since its opening in 1988, the Hall of Fame has played host to over one million interstate and international visitors – providing each one with a spectacular outback experience.
Situated in Queensland’s central western town of Longreach, the museum, stunningly constructed from timber, stone and corrugated iron, is truly reminiscent of the outback. With its unique design, the Hall of Fame stands comfortably amongst the rugged yet vibrant rural landscape.
Inside, the Centre’s five themed galleries proudly display the history behind some of Australia’s greatest and bravest explorers, stock workers, pastoralist, and Aborigines. The exhibits comprising an eclectic mix of objects, images, touch screens, audiovisual presentations and open displays, allowing visitors to interpret the outback story in their own unique way.
The museum also houses a vast reserve collection which forms a unique work-in-progress display. From behind a glass wall, visitors can view archival material, photographs, artworks and various other items used for research and in new display development.
The actual story behind this true Aussie icon began in 1974 when Hugh Sawrey dreamt of creating a grand tribute to the unsung heroes of remote Australia.
This dream, it turned out, was shared by other outstanding Australians, including the legendary R.M. Williams. Following a massive fundraising effort coordinated by this group of visionaries, Sawrey’s ‘vision splendid’ began to take shape.
The quaint rural township of Longreach became the chosen site for the monumental project, and a national competition was held for the design of the building. Sydney architect, Feiko Bouman won the national competition with his design, inspired by the unique buildings, silos and water tanks of the outback.
With further financial support from the Federal and Queensland State Government 1988 Bicentennial program plus an extensive fundraising effort by supporters, commerce and industry, work began on the magnificent museum.
The building was completed in 1987 and was opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, on 29 April, 1988.
The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre has since become an incorporated, self funding not-for-profit company which operates without any debt or on-going government assistance. Money for the running and maintenance is provided from admissions, sales of souvenirs, catering, membership subscriptions, sponsorships and donations.
Further information to the history, construction and development of the centre can be found in the members section of this site.