Carolyn and Greg's Nomadic Adventures travel blog

Jindera Pioneer Museum

A wide view

Marvellous machinery

Steam Traction Engine

Blacksmith shed

Wonga Wetlands


On the lookout

Part of the Wiradjuri Display at the wetlands

13th November

Enjoying our week in Albury. On Sunday we drove to Jindera a small village about 14km from Albury. Visiting the Pioneer Museum which was opened in 1968 by renowned artist Sir Russell Drysdale. The Jindera Museum is community owned and run by volunteers.

The theme of the museum is the living and working conditions of the pioneers of the district. It consists of a general store restored as it would have been in the 1800s with the shelves, counters and goods of the day; a house restored as it was a century ago and a slab hut and wattle and daub cottage both furnished as they would have been in the 1870s. There are two large galleries containing much memorabilia; a large display of early farming machinery, a genuine blacksmith shop and many other items of historical interest. Spent a couple of hours wandering the grounds a worthwhile visit if you are in the area.

At its heyday in the late 1800s Jindera had four hotels, two blacksmiths, a general store, butcher, baker, saddler, carpenter, dressmaker, midwife, flourmill and a police station. In 1892 a population of 493.

We also enjoyed our visit to the Wonga Wetlands. Since the construction of the Hume Dam in 1919, the Murray river has been regulated for irrigation purposes and does not flow how nature intended. The alteration to this natural flow has resulted in many of the floodplain wetlands and billabongs drying out. The Wonga Wetlands development has reverted the hydrological regime, with birds and other wildlife now returning to the area.

The wetlands are predominately man made with some naturally occurring. The lagoons are being gently restored from many years of farming and grazing. On our walk we saw the Wiradjuri campsite. Here we see examples of an indigenous cooking area, sleeping area, tool making and rock art areas as well as a ceremony/dancing circle. Enjoyed our walk listening to the birds, looking at the ancient river red gums and seeing various native flora and fauna

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