The Great Train Robbery

On the evening of 31 August 1938, a daring robbery took place on board a mixed goods train travelling from Cloncurry to Duchess. It is believed that two men on horseback stole two mail bags of miners wages.

Use your investigation skills to interrogate the suspects, examine the evidence and decide for yourself who committed this daring crime.

This case has never been solved - are you up to the challenge?

Daily activities

The Great Train Robbery Investigation

Regular times throughout the day
Become a Deputy Detective and work with the Workshops Police Inspector to investigate the intriguing mystery of the missing miners' wages. Delve into the details of the crime and draw your own conclusions. 

Stan Clara Tom

Three of the suspects: Stan, Clara and Tom.

Police Station

10:00am to 4:00pm
Collect your Investigation or I Spy activity sheet and consider the facts of the case. Create an identikit reward poster of the culprit and display it on our Wanted Wall, have your fingerprints taken and compile a police profile.

The Great Train Robbery Display

9:30am to 5:00pm
Examine a display of facts, photos and newspaper reports about great train robberies around Australia.

Old Workshops Town

9:30am to 5:00pm
Dress up in a kid-sized town, complete with its own police and railway station.

Cops and Robbers Creation Station

9:30am to 5:00pm
Make your own crime fighting accessories including a Deputy Detective's badge, robber's mask and guard's hat. 

The Hide Out

9:30am to 5:00pm daily
Enter the robbers' secret hide out to play your favourite mystery board games.

Robbers on the Run Model Railway

9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Find the train robbers on horseback and Police Detectives riding through our giant model railway layout.

The Great Train RobberyThe Mines Sand Pit

9:30am to 5:00pm
Grab your tools and search for precious gold nuggets.

The Great Train Robbery – Museum Trail

9:30am to 5:00pm
Unearth captivating facts about rail in Queensland and The Great Train Robbery suspects as you follow a trail through the Museum collecting stamps and answering questions to crack the case. 

The Mini Getaway Train

Tickets are $3 per person (ages 1 and over) and are purchased after entry to the Museum.


10:00am to 4:00pm
Additional charges apply
Dress up and have a sepia photo of yourself taken and placed in an old style wanted poster to take home. $5 per poster.

Special activities

Bush Picnic

Thursday 29 September
Dress up in Australian bush style for a day of family fun and see demonstrations of whip cracking, damper and billy tea making. Learn more about the Australian bush and try your hand at gumboot throwing and bush dancing. 

Picnic Hamper

28 & 29 September
Enjoy a picnic lunch while you contemplate who committed the crime. Picnic hampers must
be pre-booked.

Schools, Group bookings and Outside Hours School Care visits

Groups and Outside Hours School Care groups are welcomed to The Great Train Robbery event with group entry rates and specially prepared Activity Trails. Bookings are essential.

Download The Great Train Robbery Group Booking Form (648 KB) pdf document icon.

Schools are invited to participate in the event, with FREE admission during school hours from 5 - 16 September 2011. Bookings are essential.

Download The Great Train Robbery Schools Booking Form (676 KB) pdf document icon.

Activity sheets

Test your deduction skills with these activity sheets.

Event Details

03 September 2011 - 02 October 2011
Free with Admission
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