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...

Rehearsals, gigs, meetings and office space

"I met Helen last year and was amazed by what she and her team have created at The QBN Hive. I'm impressed by the art exhibitions, the layout and design of the rooms, the connection to community and creativity, and the scope for the venue to host all sorts of events, from meetings through to gigs. So far at The Hive, I've performed an outdoor concert, held networking meetings on behalf of MusicNSW, rehearsed with my band, and used a room as office space. For each of these things, it's been a brilliant space."

Michael Simic (Mikelangelo) 

Musician, MusicNSW regional music officer

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