Captain James Cook was swiftly demoted to second rank in my eyes when I discovered a long-lost love, Olivetti, at the Agnes Water Museum.
Despite Captain Cook’s notable achievements in charting Newfoundland and leading discovery expeditions to Australia, New Zealand and the Hawaiian Islands, I could only think of Olivetti.
My heart skipped a beat as we met for the first time since my high school days when we spent endless hours blissfully crafting words together.
Many years have passed since then yet I remember reciting “a-s-d-f-;-l-k-j” as if it were yesterday. I fondly recall Olivetti patiently forgiving my mishaps and supporting my goals.
Blinded by a horizontal cardboard bib that made it possible to bond with Olivetti only through touch, we forged a friendship that started a life-long love affair with words.
The memories came flooding back as I spotted Olivetti sitting on a timber bench at the Agnes Water Museum. It was as though we’d never parted. In some ways, we haven’t.
Only now do I realise the influence Olivetti has had on my life. Every day, in some way, I continue to use the skill I learnt with Olivetti so many years ago.
While Olivetti’s family has undergone major changes and computers, tables and smart phones have replaced the old typewriters, my touch typing skill has thrived. Thank you, Olivetti.
Olivetti typewriters and so much more
Aside from the typewriters that piqued my interest, there are many more displays at the Agnes Water Museum to interest people of all ages.
There are informative displays on Captain James Cook’s voyages as well as the origins of the names of Seventeen Seventy and Agnes Water and other towns that make up the Discovery Coast.
Forming other displays are specimens collected by Joseph Banks and his party on the Endeavour voyage, maritime information of the shire’s coastline and ship wrecks, history on the Bustard Heard Lighthouse and Aboriginal artefacts. Collections also include shells, minerals, fossils, prams and bottles.
The museum is located at 69 Springs Road, Agnes Water Queensland 4677, adjacent to the Library, Visitor Information Centre and Community Centre complex.