The T-House model rail collection is a collection of national and international significance due to the size, quality and scope of the collection. The collection, assembled over 30 years from the 1970s to the 1990s, holds 10 000+ models of locomotives, carriages and wagons. The collection is in excellent – often mint – condition. The models were collected by Mr Marsden Williams, who was born, raised and spent his life in the Wollongong area. The collection was donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Shin Investments Pty Limited in memory of Mr Marsden “Mick” Williams (1916-2013), founder of the Allied Group of Companies and a significant contributor to the industry and economy of the Illawarra region of Australia since the 1940s.
Frederick (Fred) Port was born in the United Kingdom in 1896, and migrated to Queensland with his family in 1912, settling in Manly, Brisbane. He served in the AIF in World War 1 from August 1915 to March 1919. When he returned to Queensland in 1919, Port started his photography career in a studio in the Telegraph Chambers in Brisbane. His photographs were featured in newspapers such as The Brisbane Courier, The Queenslander and The Australian . Port documented events mainly in and around Brisbane during the 1920s, and developed his own images at his photographic studio in the Telegraph Chambers and later at his studio in West End. Apart from his war service, little is known about Port himself. His collection of 600+ photographic prints (some taken by other unknown photographers) and 300+ other items (more than 1,000 items in total), mostly relating to Port’s photography business, was donated by Port to Queensland Museum shortly before his death in 1965.
A gem of the Maritime Archaeology collection is one of the world’s oldest diving helmets, demonstrating how far back human fascination with ocean exploration goes. The rare heritage diving helmet, manufactured in the 1840s, is just one of eight on display from the historical diving helmets in The Langley Diving Collection: Heritage of Helmets collection housed at Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville.