About the Jindera Pioneer Museum…
The first German settlers arrived in the Jindera area in 1867, having trekked from Adelaide in horse drawn wagons. Before they arrived, probably in the 1840s, a small wattle and daub hut was built just off the main track through town. This hut still stands at the site of the Jindera Pioneer Museum, and probably is the oldest remaining cottage or house in the Albury District.
In 1874 Johann Rosler and Peter Wagner built a store and three room residence on this same site. It became known as Wagner’s Store. Formed in 1967, the Jindera Pioneer Museum and Historical Society purchased the evolved Wagner’s Store, the residence, and the grounds around the wattle and daub hut.
The Pioneer Museum, one of the best known in NSW, recreates the material culture of the early German settlers, using only local relics. The complex consists of several historic buildings centred around the store, set within a sprawling, beautiful two acres of grounds that now feature not only the wattle and daub cottage, but an authentically furnished slab hut, a remarkable and extensive collection of farm implements, equipment and forge, an historic post office, a gallery and several other outhouses and structures. Set to open later in 2018 is the1872 era blacksmith shop and stables.
The Wagner’s Store and Residence was restored and painstakingly furnished so as to recreate its 19th-century appearance. The shop building is pre-eminent in NSW for its original shop fittings and furnishings and is stocked with authentic goods of the 19th century. The living area at the rear is also furnished in its original style. Within this amazing 16 room complex is another beautiful display gallery.
The Museum plays host to many thousands of visitors throughout the year.
It is also a Visitor Information Centre, providing regional maps and information regarding local places of interest.
Summer Season at The Museum
The Museum is open every day from 10 am to 4 pm. Stroll though this award winning museum, with its many cool spaces providing respite from the heat! Or take in the Heritage Walk around the 24 historic sites to read and imagine what was happening in Jindera over 100 years ago.
Cinema +Song, Saturday Feb 2nd, featuring the beautiful film ‘The Song Keepers” and the Albury Wodonga Sing Australia Choir.
Both of these events will be outdoors in the twilight and under the stars in the unique and beautiful grounds of the Museum. We would love to see you there!