Find out what makes Albury, Greater Hume and Corowa so special.

Five regional museums - Corowa Federation Museum, Headlie Taylor Header Museum, Holbrook Submarine Museum; Jindera Pioneer Museum and Yarrawonga-Mulwala Pioneer Museum – have come together with Albury LibraryMuseum to express their distinct identity with significant objects in their collection. 

Begin your trip with Albury LibraryMuseum. Albury's identity has been shaped by its unique place in the nation's story - as a 'crossing place' on the Murray River, the border between New South Wales and Victoria. Albury LibraryMuseum’s collections provide insights into the diverse experiences of those who have lived in this 'crossing place', from the many Aboriginal cultures that crisscrossed the area, up to the present day.

Corowa Federation Museum tells the story of Federation, whereby a group of independent, uncooperative colonies formed a unified Federation. While the claim to be the “birthplace” of Federation may be contested by other towns in NSW, including nearby Berrigan and Bathurst, and not so nearby Tenterfield, the 1893 Corowa Conference provided a critical “break-through” in the long drawn out debate. 

Watch the Corowa Museum video.

Yarrawonga-Mulwala Pioneer Museum is the second stop. One of their more unusual stories relates to early aviation. There is a display featuring pioneer aviator, William Douglas Sloane of Mulwala Station and his bi-plane built 1912-13 with a wing design based on the wing structures and flight patterns of the wedge-tailed eagles he observed in flight above Mulwala.

Watch the Yarrawonga-Mulwala Pioneer Museum video.

Jindera Pioneer Museum also focuses on early European settlement, but with a focus on German settlers who arrived in 1867. To gain a better understanding of the German community living in this region, we recommend that you purchase the booklet Echoes of the German Experience from the museum store.

The collection is housed in what was previously “Wagner’s Store” and you enter into a wonderful display of shelves stocked with a wide range of goods. 

Watch the Jindera Pioneer Museum video.

Henty is known as the home of the header. The Headlie Taylor Blacksmith Shop and Museum commemorates the revolutionary contribution to the wheat industry made by Headlie Taylor’s invention of the Header Harvester, facilitating the wheat export industry. A reconstructed header and the blacksmith shop it was built in (relocated from his father’s farm) can be viewed 24/7 by wandering around the building. 

Your final stop is the Holbrook Submarine Museum. The sight of the huge HMAS Otway, an O class Oberon submarine, submerged in a park on the main street of Holbrook signals that you’ve reached your destination. This is the only submarine museum in Australia and an experience not to be missed. How did a submarine museum come to be located in a small NSW town approximately 260 kilometres inland (as the crow flies)?

Watch the Holbrook Submarine Museum video.  

 


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