The History of the Hive

The story we have uncovered about who lived here and when is still unfolding.

Here's what we know so far...

Circa 23,000 BC – 1862

Ngunnawal people have lived here for millennia.

The Ngunnawal welcomed other tribes to their country every year as they gathered to feast on Bogong moths in the Tidbinbilla Ranges. Rivers and creeks were like roads that visitors would follow and camp beside. The nearby current Queanbeyan Showground site was a significant local Ngunnawal gathering place.


The Safe circa 1980

We know:

• it is from the era 1980-1990

• it will cost $800 plus to crack the code

• it contains one paperclip- we made a peep hole to see!

• it weighs 540 kilos

• would not fit out the storeroom door

• broke one trolley trying to remove it

• intended use: a donations box - need to make coin slot!


Research from the Sydney Living Library to the QPRC Library we have unravelled the History of the Cottage to display on an informative timeline.

Historic Timeline

The Hive has been great for...

Gallery exhibition, craft & meditation sessions, in-service

The Hive fills a local gap for me where I’m looking for a small scale venue that has an artistic aesthetic.

In the last year I have used it for a variety of activities:

  • Gallery space for Mosaic Exhibition for one month

  • Weekly meditation groups

  • A craft meet up that I ran on an occasional basis for four week blocks

  • A venue for a teacher in-service and lunch for my ten teachers and a presenter

Josephine Cresswell

Director, Celtic Arts Agency

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The Queanbeyan Hive - 0403 994 446 

274 Crawford Street Queanbeyan NSW 2620

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