A Guide to Pemberley – Pemberley’s Great Expectations

The rush of opening my emails at work and finding Mr Darcy’s invitation to his Pemberley event, nearly causes a riot when my friend glances over my shoulder and forces me to explain why “Mr Darcy” (who sounds like someone from the Regency Era) is inviting me to an exclusive event at a place called Pemberley. Where is her invite??

“Dearest Friend, Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy would like to cordially invite you to his most wonderful annual event: A Picnic at Pemberley, held on Saturday September the 10th.”

It’s like my Regency Christmas dreams have all been filled at once. My mind is off and racing with visions of delicate Regency inspired dresses, ornate tea cups, dancing, games, and of course my future husband – Mr Darcy himself!

I think I have some explaining to do..

What is A Picnic at Pemberley?

Mr Darcy’s Picnic at Pemberley is a much loved annual event of the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology and the neighbouring Abbey Church. The gardens surrounding the Abbey Museum are transformed into …

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New Event, New Picnic, New Program!

Introducing our exciting new program for 2016’s

Picnic At Pemberley!


From 10.00 – 11.30, guests can participate in the Regency Dance Workshop. Tickets are a must!

At 11.30, The gates to the Picnic At Pemberley event will officially open. (eeeeeekkk!)

From 11.30, those who have ordered a Lunch Basket are welcome to come and pick them up. These must be prebooked and will be delicious!

At 12.30, we will welcome you to the Pemberley event for 2016, with an appearance by Mr Darcy and Miss Elizabeth!

At 12.45, the Maypole Dancing for Adults will begin. Try not to get tangled!

From 1:00 – 4:00, you can try your hand at Archery.

At 1.00, we would love you to join us for the Abbey Church Tour.

At 1.15, get ready for an amazing performance by DANCE KALEIDOSCOPE.

At 1.30, there will be the awaited presentation by member of the Jane Austen Society of Australia.                             

1.30 will see the Maypole Dancing session for …

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lemonade stand

Lemonade Stand!

An innocent idea brings out the passion in 2 little girls!

Something special is happening at the Abbey Museum soon, and whilst the mummies were busy planning this event, 2 little girls decided they wanted to help, by hosting a lemonade stand!

The mummies, who thought this was a FANTASTIC idea, suggested they have a think about what it was they wanted to achieve with this stand, and how they were going to go about it.

The older of the 2 girls has come up with an amazing and detailed plan on how the girls are going to set up the stand, right through to breaks, prices and signage!

Lesson to be learned from this – always encourage children’s creative side, whether it be drawing, writing, or planning a little business idea, as you never know where their creative nature may take them in life. You may even learn something from …

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Jane Austen

Facts about Jane Austen that you may not know!

Little known and interesting facts about the author Jane Austen

With the Picnic at Pemberley taking place this weekend here at the Abbey Museum, we have found some interesting and possibly unknown facts about the legendary Jane Austen to share with you!

 Austen was one of eight children — she had six brothers and one sister, Cassandra, who was one of her closest friends.  By the young age of 23, Austen had already finished the original versions of Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice. Austen never married, but she once accepted a marriage proposal from the wealthy brother of a close friend. She turned him down the following day after coming to terms with the fact that she didn’t love him.  In Austen’s lifetime, she completed 6 novels, 4 of which were published before her death, and all her works were published anonymously. Her first published novel, Sense and Sensibility, was credited “By a Lady” and her next book, Pride and Prejudice, was …

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Mr Darcy Wet

Another 5 reasons why we LOVE Mr Darcy

These are the main 5 reasons why we LOVE Mr Darcy.

He’s extremely handsome, especially when WET!

He’s amazing, especially when WET!

He’s gorgeous, especially when WET!

Hes ravishing, especially when WET! He’s simply exquisite, yes you guessed it! ESPECIALLY WHEN WET!



Click here for view another 13 reasons why we love this man!


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Welcome to the Abbey Museum Blog!


The best kept secret of south-east Queensland is finally being found-out!  The Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology has one of THE most significant collections in Australia.

The lovely gardens, the shady trees begging for a picnic blanket, the clear air, the oft-present sunshine, the open spaces, belie the jewels within the walls of our unassuming facade.  Quietly, quietly the wealth reveals itself to all those who look.

The Abbey Museum is not just about dusty ornaments.

The unexpected treasures you will discover as you browse around will delight you.

Stained glass dating from the end of the 11th century;  Art Work collections – a story in itself that you will hear about in posts to come; Artefacts galore from all the ends of the earth; Over 500,00 years of man-kind’s history of living life on earth.

Whether your interest is a specific era of history, whether you are focused on archaeology, whether you are seeking an overview of …

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