Temora Rural Museum, Temora
From school children to grey nomads, thousands travel to the Temora Rural Museum each year to step back in time and see how Australian country life evolved across the 20th century.
Set on 1.5 hectares, the museum has been offering a glimpse into country life for more than 40 years. More than 30 distinct exhibitions reflect the social, agricultural, industrial, and even political changes in country lifestyle. One of the more famous pieces is the original cottage Don Bradman, the cricket champion, lived in as a small child.
Eighteen months ago, a new building was constructed on the grounds to house the Temora Ambulance Museum, a one-of-a-kind museum in NSW. On display are 19 ambulance vehicles of different models, shapes and sizes reflecting different decades. The project involved close collaboration with the NSW and ACT ambulance services to preserve their heritage.
Temora Rural Museum is guided by a group of 16 passionate history curators who, with manager Bill Speirs (a self-confessed history and museum ‘tragic’), make up a vibrant management committee.
In addition to the permanent exhibitions, visitors are treated to a range of temporary exhibitions in the front gallery. Underneath the museum is an archive storage area, which holds decades of local community records.
Check out the Winter 2015 edition of the Inside the Riverina magazine here.