Bird and Poultry Museum (Feather Clubs Association of Queensland Inc)
The Association was formed in 1959 then adopting the titles, “All Feathered Clubs Advisory Council (QLD)”. Cliff Edwards from Kingaroy was the foundation president. Bill Clark from Brisbane was the Senior Vice-President and Don Mountcastle was the Inaugural Secretary of the organisation. The change in name to the “Feather Clubs Association of Queensland Inc” (F.C.A.Q.I.) occurred in 1990.
The F.C.A.Q.I. prides itself on the sharing of information about the keeping, exhibiting and promotion of pure breeds of poultry and other avicultural species in Australia along with their historical significance. The association encourages activities where all generations can participate in meetings, competitive events, field days and educational workshops. In promoting the keeping and exhibition of pure breeds of domestic poultry and other avicultural species, the F.C.A.Q.I. is helping to maintain the gene pool for everyone’s enjoyment and utilisation by future generations.
In August 2001, Bob Whitehouse from Burpengary sent a letter to the then secretary of the F.C.A.Q.I., John Lingard, proposing that the F.C.A.Q.I. investigate the feasibility of establishing a museum to preserve the rich history, heritage and achievements of past fanciers who have left their legacy for the present and future generations to continue. The letter also outlined a comprehensive list of suggested project stages.
At a subsequent general meeting of the association on 17/11/2001, it was unanimously decided by all present that the F.C.A.Q.I. would go ahead and establish an Avicultural and Poultry Museum. Such was the enthusiasm and excitement that work commenced in earnest the very next day.