A stunning collection of antique courtroom furniture has found its forever home at The Glennie School, with thanks to the generosity of the Queensland Police Museum. The Museum is refreshing its exhibits with a move to more interactive and digital exhibits, removing the need to have a display courtroom.
The furniture, consisting of a Magistrate bench, prisoner dock, and witness box, originated from a regional Queensland courthouse and was in use from 1902. It was restored in the late 1980s and has been part of the museum exhibit ever since.
Over the mid-year break, a local teacher attending a professional development workshop at The Museum enquired about where the furniture would go. Aware of the Supreme Court Moot Court Trial held at Glennie each year, the teacher contacted our Dean of Teaching and Learning to ascertain interest in acquiring this impressive collection.
For 80 years, this furniture has accommodated trials, been the backdrop for the official Queensland Police Museum’s 125th anniversary, and provided a platform for The Museum’s education programs.
"As an educator, I am delighted with this acquisition. It will add an authentic touch to our annual mock Supreme Court trials and provide students with a tangible connection to the study of criminal law in Years 10 and 11," said Ms Tonia Gloudemans, Dean of Teaching and Learning at Glennie.
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