Museum of the Riverina
P.O. Box 20 Wagga Wagga NSW, 2650
Phone 0269 252 934 Fax 0269 255 720
Above is a photo of the Pioneer Residence, complete with working kitchen, tools, equipment and household items of the times.
Above is a photo of some of the items in the old school room. Note on the desks there are the ink wells, two small white circles, being like a small egg cup into which was poured black or dark blue ink. The students dipped their pens into the ink to write. Blotting paper, a type of soft thick cardboard was used to soak up excess ink on the work pages.
These ink wells were made obsolete by the invention and introduction of ball point pens in the 1950's.
There does seem to be one thing missing from the classroom, the teacher's strap. This was usually hung next to the black board in full display, and used to keep discipline.
The museum has a section which honours the many athletes from the Wagga Wagga district who have excelled in their chosen sport.
Drovers Horse Drawn Cart or Wagon
This massive wagon is a mobile kitchen. Used to feed a team of chaff cutting workers.
Chaff of yesteryear was like petrol of today. Chaff was used to feed the horses which were the main source of power.
There is a story board next to the Galley which shows pictures of the cook, and the chaff cutters on the job. The story board also explains the role of the galley and that of the chaff cutters.
Story Board on the Cooks Galley.
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