St Marys Cranks & Tinkerers is essentially a museum located on the edge of St Marys on the Esk Highway in the small town of St Marys on the East Coast of Tasmania.
They showcase locally sourced railway and mining memorabilia as well as many other historical and interesting artifacts, including a wide range of ephemera and unique items.
These exhibits are made available to the public due to the desire of the owners to share their collection with the general community. Ian is probably the highlight at this place. fascinating chap and his stories bring the eclectic mix of paraphernalia to life..
There is also a local history section featuring photographs of the area in times past, which is on loan from the St Patricks Head Historical Society.
The original railway station building was made available thanks to Break O'Day Council, after submissions were invited from the community for possible uses. The building was formally leased to the successful applicant, i.e. Ian Summers, after his submission was accepted.
Ian (otherwise known as Chief Crank and Tinkerer) is a retired teacher, and volunteers his time to host visitors and look after the collection, which he co-owns with his wife, Rita.
Entry to the museum is by donation, which helps to cover running costs, as this is an unfunded operation.
Open Mon-Frid and by appointment.