and District Heritage Centre is in the former police station (built 1858)
and courthouse (added in 1867). Features include several rooms
set out in the style of the Victorian era, a room reflecting changes
in health care over the years, and a courtyard with very high
stone walls. From the courtyard, one can access the three jail
cells. Displays in the recently refurbished courtroom focus upon
the lives of the original inhabitants and upon the settlers who
first came to the district. The Scottish influence is emphasised.
In the yard is an extensive
collection of farm machinery from the past, including an excellent
example of a furphy, a blacksmith's shop, horse drawn vehicles
and exhibits centering on the history of the local Emergency Services.
Notable exhibits include an original horseworks (to view this in operation first expand the "Old working farm machinery" heading on the Video Tour page) and the world-beating high technology solar cycle, The Solar Flare.
The Centre also holds a large collection of books, photographs
and newspaper accounts of people and past events in Strathalbyn,
most of which can be made available to researchers for a very
the research can be done for you by Centre staff - also at a very
reasonable rate. The Centre welcomes groups, and guided tours
We are open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, & Sundays or upon request.
The Centre opens at 1.30pm and remains
open until 4.00pm on the days mentioned. Please take note that if the temperature in Strathalbyn is forecast to be 38 C or higher the Heritage Centre will not open on that day.
Please note that our very special evening tours (under lights) can be arranged by contacting the Secretary on 83889889.
|Adult (bus or group tour)
|Student 16 & over
|Children 5 & under