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Ipswich Antique Centre on Channel 7 Brisbane's 'The Great South East'
Sunday 31st July 2011

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Welcome to the News & Media section of our site.

To the right is the fantastic segment Channel 7 Brisbane's 'The Great South East' did on us in 2011 - running time is about 4 minutes and if you have not been to see us yet, it gives a great overview of the Centre and the heritage-listed building in which we operate.  Our sincere thanks to Laurel, Fiona, Chris and the whole team at the Great South East.

Below are news items for your information as well as a selection of articles in newspapers, magazines, etc. in which we or one of our dealers have been featured.


Latest Articles

Queen's Birthday

1 October 2018

Ipswich Antique Centre will be CLOSED for Queen's Birthday, Monday 1st October, as well as our usual Tuesday and Wednesday. Hope to see you on Thursday 4th October.

2018 Easter Trading Hours

29 March 2018

Trading Hours for the Easter Long Weekend are as follows:

Good Friday - Closed
Easter Saturday - Open 10 am to 5 pm
Easter Sunday - Open 10 am to 5 pm
Easter Monday - Open 10 am to 5 pm

Wishing you a happy and safe Easter!!

Ipswich Antique Centre featured on Clash of the Collectables TV Show!

26 January 2018

Clash of the Collectables Logo

Thank you to Alan Carter, Eric Knowles and the crew of the 'Clash of the Collectables' TV Show for visiting us for their Round 9 show.

If you missed us, please visit the 9Now Web Site (link valid until 23rd Feb 2018):

Christmas/New Year Hours 2017-18

20 December 2017

Below are our trading hours this Christmas/New Year period:

Thu 21st Dec = Open 10am to 5pm
Fri 22nd Dec = Open 10am to 5pm
Sat 23rd Dec = Open 10am to 5pm
Sun 24th Dec = Open 10am to 5pm
Mon 25th Dec (Christmas Day) = Closed
Tue 26th Dec (Boxing Day) = Closed
Wed 27th Dec = Closed
Thu 28th Dec = Open 10am to 5pm
Fri 29th Dec = Open 10am to 5pm
Sat 30th Dec = Open 10am to 5pm
Sun 31st Dec = Open 10am to 5pm
Mon 1st Jan (New Year's Day) = Closed
Tue 2nd Jan = Closed
Wed 3rd Jan = Closed
Thu 4th Jan = Normal Trading Resumes (10am to 5pm, Thu to Mon)

We wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas and New Year!


20 May 2017

Ipswich Antique Centre will be exhibiting once again at Dayboro on Sunday 28th May, 8.30am-3.00pm - the only Antique Fair at which we exhibit!

It is held at the Dayboro Showgrounds on Mt. Mee Road, and free parking is available on-site. Admission is $6 per adult, with children under 16 accompanied by an adult free of charge.

There is a Lucky Door Prize of a $100 Gift Voucher donated by Ipswich Antique Centre.

Dayboro celebrates 150 years this year, and the Fair is held in conjunction with Dayboro Day Festival, with free shuttle bus between the 2 venues.

Come and say 'hi' to Heather and Denise.

For more details on all the day's activities see


14 May 2017

Ipswich Antique Centre will be OPEN Ipswich Show Holiday Friday 19th May 10.00am-5.00pm.

Ipswich in Miniature - only until Sun 14th May

30 April 2017

Ipswich in Miniature is a very special miniature display painstakingly crafted by Ipswich Mini Crafters.

Be delighted by miniature recreations of some of Ipswich’s oldest buildings.

Read more for details, larger photo and full list of buildings in display.

Small Photo of Ipswich in Miniature Display


9 April 2017

IPSWICH ANTIQUE CENTRE will be closed Good Friday Only.

Good Friday - Closed

Easter Saturday - 10.00am-5.00pm

Easter Sunday - 10.00am-5.00pm

Easter Monday - 10.00am-5.00pm


24 April 2016

Ipswich Antique Centre will be closed Anzac Day in remembrance of our service personnel, past and present.

'Lest We Forget'.

Ipswich Historical Society 'fireside talk' by Heather Mildwaters of Ipswich Antique Centre

16 April 2016

Support the Ipswich Historical Society by attending the 'fireside talk' by Heather Mildwaters of Ipswich Antique Centre at Cooneana Heritage Centre on Sunday 24th April from 10.30am until Noon.


10 April 2016

Have you ever been interested in the world's finest pottery - Moorcroft Pottery - and wanted to learn more?

Meet our resident specialist Moorcroft dealer, Robert Neilsen of Roundabout Antiques (Dealer 28), here at Ipswich Antique Centre on Saturday 16th April 2016 between 10.00am and 2.00pm

Robert will be here to discuss Moorcroft, show you the time honoured production process, and answer any questions you may have. He will also be happy to appraise any pieces you possess.

Easter Trading Hours

20 March 2016

Ipswich Antique Centre will be closed Good Friday ONLY.

Good Friday - Closed

Easter Saturday - 10.00am-5.00pm

Easter Sunday   - 10.00am-5.00pm

Easter Monday  - 10.00am-5.00pm

Moorcroft Event with Emma Bossons 21st May 2016

5 March 2016

Meet renowned Moorcroft Designer Emma Bossons at Ipswich Antique Centre on Sat 21st May 2016 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Emma Bossons is the Moorcroft Designer who brought the iconic Queens Choice pattern to life (and many, many others).

This event is hosted by IAC stallholder Roundabout Antiques - read the full news item for details and to RSVP.

Over 1,000 Facebook Likes

21 February 2016

We have passed 1,000 Facebook Likes - thank you everyone!

Road Works

18 October 2015

Road works in East Street may make access to the Centre a little inconvenient for the next couple of weeks.

Our East Street entrance is unaffected and our Roderick Street carpark can be accessed via a 'Local Traffic Only' sign.


25 April 2015

Closed Anzac Day Saturday 25th April

'Lest We Forget'

We wish to pay tribute to Servicemen and Servicewomen in all theatres of war.

Easter Trading Hours 2015

2 April 2015

Good Friday - CLOSED
Easter Saturday - 10.00am-5.00pm
Easter Sunday - CLOSED
Easter Monday - 10.00am-5.00pm

(We are always closed Tuesday and Wednesday)

Vote for us to win Channel 7's Kochie's Business Builders 'Rescue my Site' - 'Local Legend' Competition

14 October 2014

Our sincere thanks to the anonymous customer who nominated us for Channel 7's Kochie's Business Builders 'Rescue my Site' competition. We have been nominated as a 'Local Legend' and with your help are in the running to win $25,000 worth of digital marketing support - which we could really use!

For us to win, we need everyone's help - please visit the following page and vote for us!

Updated on Mon 27th Oct - please read more here.

"Fantastic Antique Centre... Natural Fit" - 2014 Discover Ipswich Guide

26 June 2014

"Being Queensland's oldest provincial city and having a fantastic antique centre just seems a natural fit."  -- 2014 Discover Ipswich Guide

Ipswich Antique Centre and Cafe appear on Must Do Brisbane

23 June 2014

Must Do Brisbane have listed the Ipswich Antique Centre as a 'must do' destination for anyone living in Brisbane or travelling to Brisbane.


14 April 2014

Good Friday - CLOSED
Easter Saturday - 10.00am-5.00pm
Easter Sunday - CLOSED
Easter Monday - 10.00am-5.00pm
Anzac Day - CLOSED
(We are always closed Tuesday and Wednesday)

Ipswich Antique Centre appears in latest Tourism Booklet

15 March 2014

The latest Brisbane Tourism Booklet "Get out and explore Brisbane's backyard - Give me Brisbane Any Day" lists Ipswich Antique Centre as having an "enormous collection".


15 April 2013

CLOSED  ANZAC DAY Thursday 25th. April.


Rich Mine of Heritage in Ipswich

9 March 2013

Architectural treasures abound in Ipswich, writes Alison Cotes.

Closed this afternoon (Mon 28th Jan)

28 January 2013

Although our main Anitque Centre building in Ipswich is well above the predicted flood level, our storage facility is not so lucky.  Unfortunately this means we have had to close the Centre early today so that we can go move as much stuff as we can.

We plan to re-open as usual on Thursday (our normal trading days and hours).

We are open Australia Day Long Weekend!

25 January 2013

We are open our usual hours all this Australia Day Long Weekend.

Our opening hours are 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Newsletter - July 2012

2 July 2012

Ipswich Antique Centre's Newsletter - July 2012 Edition.

General market conditions, IAC's new Web Site, Mini Stalls concept and sad news of the closing of Naked Gallery and Arts Studio.

Expert opinion [The Ipswich Advertiser]

3 May 2012

[from article in The Ipswich Advertiser, published 5th May 2012]

Centre welcomes antiques guru

Antiques expert Alan Carter and his photographer Leon O'Neil spent the day at Ipswich Antique Centre recently to photograph items for his latest publication, Guide to Antiques and Collectables in Australia.

Mr Carter is the pre-eminent authority on antiques in Australia, having published and edited mroe than 45 books on antiques and collectables.

He has been in the antiques industry in both England and Australia for 50 years as a dealer, publisher, TV presenter, author, speaker and event organiser.

The ABC TV program Treasure Hunt made him a familiar face, and he is also the regular antiques expert for several ABC radio programs.


2 April 2012

CLOSED- Good Friday 6th April.

OPEN- Easter Saturday, Sunday & Monday 7-8-9th April.

HOURS- 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Ipswich Antique Fair

13 March 2012

The Ipswich Antique Fair is on at the Ipswich Showgrounds on Saturday 17th March from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.  We are open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, so leave yourself time to visit us and grab a cup of coffee!

Ipswich Antique Centre Complex [Antiques & Art in Queensland]

5 March 2012

[from article in the Mar-Jul 2012 Edition of Antiques & Art in Queensland, published March 2012]

The hub of a visionary arts and antiques precinct

Loving the antique business, Heather and John Mildwaters looked for a landmark heritage building in which to establish their next antique centre, after their Paddington Antique Centre's partners wished to retire.

In 2009 they found an 1895 Memorial Hall with an adjoining 1957 former church, under-utilized and neglected; they won the tender.  Twelve months' substantial renovation resulted in their purpose-built Antique Centre Complex in the two buildings, the Queensland Heritage-Registered hall and the former church.

Romance and jazz for Valentines [Queensland Times]

9 February 2012

[from article in the Queensland Times, published 9th February 2012]

WARREGO Wines will celebrate the spirit of Valentine's Day with a jazz, wine and blues event this Saturday.

Although it has closed to the public, the former Ipswich winery has joined forces with the Ipswich Antique Centre to host the night of entertainment, wine and food.

Warrego Wines owner Kevin Watson said Natasha Campbell and her band The Children of the Blues would set the mood for the evening.

New life for church [The Ipswich Advertiser]

2 November 2011

[from article in The Ipswich Advertiser, published 2nd November 2011]

ONCE it was the home to holy worshippers, but the Congregational Church in Ipswich's city centre is now the hub of visionary arts and antiques precinct.

It is the brainchild of John and Heather Mildwaters, who purchased the church and hall at the corner of Roderick and East Sts as a superannuation investment two years ago with long-term plans.

The couple transformed the buildings into four retail areas, hoping to attract antique dealers and artists to rent the space.

The precinct's newest addition will be launched on November 7, with the official opening of Naked Arts Gallery and Studio, managed by Booval residents Tom and Lyn Mason.

Zonta antique day [The Ipswich Advertiser]

13 July 2011

[from article in The Ipswich Advertiser, published 13th July 2011]

ZONTA clubs of West Moreton and Brisbane East will meet this Sunday at Ipswich Antique Centre, 86 East St, for a good cause.

The clubs are hosting a sausage sizzle and the centre will identify and appraise items for a small cost.

Unearth your treasures and bring them (or clear photographs) along between 11am and 2pm for an appraisal and the opportunity to win a $50 gift voucher.

Plenty of inspiration at home show [The Ipswich Advertiser]

22 June 2011

[from article in The Ipswich Advertiser, published 22nd June 2011]

A pet expo featuring Dr Harry Cooper, pet competitions, a cooking demonstration and book signing by 4 Ingredients celebrity authors Rachael Bermingham and Kim McCosker, antiques displays and information for seniors are among the highlights of the 2011 Ipswich Home Show and Outdoor Expo.

2011 Ipswich Home Show [The Ipswich Advertiser]

15 June 2011

[from article in The Ipswich Advertiser, published 15th June 2011]



Over 300 sq mts of beautiful antiques to admire and to purchase.

Railway book worth $1250 [The Ipswich Advertiser]

18 May 2011

[from article in The Ipswich Advertiser, published 18th May 2011]

A rare book of plans and specifications for various Queensland railway carriages has been unearthed by Ipswich Antique Centre.

10 things to do this Labour Day long weekend [Queensland Times]

30 April 2011

[from article in the Queensland Times, published 30th April 2011]

7. Browse for antique bargains

Browse for a bargain at the Ipswich Antique Centre.

Open across the long weekend from 10 am to 5 pm, the centre stocks a range of antique furniture and bric-a-brac from several dealers.

It is located at 86 East St.

Rare items pop up [The Ipswich Advertiser]

6 April 2011

[from article in The Ipswich Advertiser, published 6th April 2011]

Vital pieces of Ipswich history have been unearthed at the Ipswich Antique Centre.

Antique centre a first for city [The Ipswich Advertiser]

8 November 2010

[from article in The Ipswich Advertiser by Kate Lemmon, published 8th November 2010]

AFTER becoming restless in her retirement, Heather Mildwaters decided to open Ipswich's first antique centre.