Exhibitions

Over a century of Australian farming history is on show across half a hectare of under cover exhibition space. The interpretive displays bring together the stories and farming collection to which the York Peninsula is well known.

The museum is owned and managed by the Kadina Branch of the National Trust of South Australia. Lays claim to the country’s most comprehensive collection of dryland farming equipment. Visitors can take a self-guided tour through the centre. Copper was discovered in 1859 and mining ceased in 1923.

Entrance Fees
Adults $10
Children $3
Family (2+3) $25
Under School Age Free
National Trust Members Free

Matta House

Built in 1863 as a residence for Edward Austin Horn, the manager of Matta Mine. It was home to a succession of families before it became a museum. The historic bungalow with its shingle roof is refurbished to the Late Victorian period when the local copper mining industry was at its peak.

Kadina’s Story

Depicts the social history of the town. From the founding of Kadina in 1861, it traces a century of development using thematic and photographic displays. The life-size model of an underground mine is a spectacular feature.

Her Side of the Story

This display explores the contribution of women on the dryland farms and the social impacts farming had on families.

Farming

Pioneer lifestyle displays feature shearing, dairying, blacksmithing and farm horses

Land clearing

Learn about the invention of the stump jump plough and how it changed farming forever.

Stationary engines

Marvel at the large engines which once upon a time powered saws, chaff cutters and assisted pumping water.

Printing Press

A separate collection of huge machines from pre-computer era.

School room

This 1950’s schoolroom was moved to the museum shortly after the school closed. The school house is furnished as a typical rural schoolroom of the era. It will scare many, how familiar the school room is and intrigue the young with its lack of computer gadgets.

Rural Transport

Don’t miss the varied vintage farm vehicles, horse drawn and motor powered.

Telephone Exchange

A great example of a country telephone exchange, this building from Cunliffe, serves as a reminder of the importance of communications in rural communities.

Band Rotunda

 

Lighting plant

Housing several generators. Outlying farms were still being connected to electricity in the 1960s. Before that time farming families were reliant on generators for power to maintain lighting and any other appliances.

Ruston Hornsby Engine

This large diesel operated Hornsby Engine was used to drive generators in the powerhouse at Lochiel saltworks.

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