Griffith Pioneer Park Museum
1 Remembrance Drive , Griffith NSW 2680
Step back in time, as you enter this delightful open-air museum. Home to forty original and recreated buildings which are furnished with an extensive collection of artefacts to provide a glimpse of what pioneering life was like in the early 1900s.
Visit cottages, the school and Taylor Bros store. There are many collections including machinery, such as the innovative Sunshine Harvester, Australia’s first mechanical rice harvester. The water and wine building and Italian museum provide interesting stories and personal accounts of early days in Griffith. Set on 11ha amongst native bushland, the manicured grounds are a popular place for weddings and functions.
Action Day occurs once a year, every Good Friday, and is a great time to visit the Museum. Steam-powered engines are whistling away, the blacksmith is hammering horseshoes and horse and coach rides are the mode of transport.
Spend some time at Griffith Pioneer Park Museum to discover the history of Griffith.
IN 2016 THE CITY OF GRIFFITH CELEBRATED 100 YEARS OF SETTLEMENT AND GROWTH.
The Town of Griffith was proclaimed on 4th August, 1916, and was named after Hon. Arthur Griffith, who was the New South Wales Minister for Public Works, 1910 – 1915. It was designed by Walter Burley Griffin, the Chicago architect who designed Canberra. Like Canberra, his design for Griffith featured a distinctive radial pattern with wide tree-lined streets, ring roads and parks. World War I held up the building and settlement of the new town, but by late 1919 settlement had begun. The population of the area received a boost as returned soldiers settled on the irrigation farms under government sponsorship. Some businesses were reluctant to leave the thriving Bagtown to relocate in the new town which was some considerable distance in the days of horse-drawn transport.
However, by early 1920s, Bagtown had been abandoned, and all that now remains is the small Bagtown cemetery. The first farms were made available in 1912, and the influx to the area increased as potential farmers from as far afield as Sydney, Broken Hill and California responded to the Government’s vigorous advertising campaign. Many Italian migrants were drawn to the area to pursue the type of farming familiar to them in their homeland. More recently, other nationalities have arrived creating a city rich in culture and diversity.
Griffith has ventured a long way from its early Bagtown years, from the introduction of irrigation, which is still the life blood of the area, to being proclaimed a City in 1987. It’s hard to believe that the Griffith region was dismissed by the explorer John Oxley in 1817 as being ‘uninhabitable and useless to civilised man.’ Now a thriving oasis, thanks to the development of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area in the early 1900s, the region hosts an abundance of agriculture and processing industries and is an important food bowl of Australia.
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167-185 Banna Avenue , Griffith NSW 2680