Jerilderie Historic Residence, Jerilderie
Jerilderie is a town steeped in Australian history, widely known as the only NSW location visited by the Kelly gang in the 19th century. But there’s a lot more on offer in the town, including the beautifully restored Jerilderie Historic Residence.
Originally the Bank of NSW, the Residence was built in the 1880s in the typical Queen Victoria style of the time. In 2004, Riverina locals Beth McMeeken and Roy Chaplin purchased the homestead, recognising the value in the home’s history and its potential to bring new tourism to Jerilderie.
The Residence has been a labour of love for Beth and Roy, whose additions to the original homestead include a showroom containing one of the country’s largest collections of Australian memorabilia. Set within quaint cottage gardens, the Residence is, at its core, a home. An important element to Beth and Roy in their restoration of the old bank has been to make it feel lived-in and their tours often include Devonshire teas and personal anecdotes about their time in the homestead. The gasps of delight that can be heard as visitors enter the stunning homestead is proof that their hard work has most certainly paid off.
Of course, a visit to the Residence would be incomplete without a viewing of its claim to fame: the safe reputed to be the very same safe robbed by Ned Kelly during his raid of Jerilderie in 1879 (authenticated by historian Ian Jones). It would be a crime to miss it! Check out the Summer 2014-15 edition of the Inside the Riverina magazine here.
45 Jerilderie St Jerilderie
0499 849 320
0457 618 284
Tours are by appointment only
Closed through February, June, July and August