Loxton Historical Village

We spent Tuesday in Loxton. After a visit to the local bakery (cappuccino and raisin toast) we visited the historical village in Loxton.

The village is very well done with commentaries being played as you enter each exhibit. The local store gives you a good impression what it used to be like and the commentary tells you about the history of the place.

The telephone exchange showed us old switchboards and told us about the supervisor wearing rollerskates to get around the many switchboard operators.

In the church we noticed the font had German writing on it – guess not surprising in a Lutheran church, as Martin Luther, the founder of the church was German.

We enjoyed walking through the main street,

entering most buildings – here the local newspaper with it’s printing presses.

In a shed we found a display of various branding irons.

This is just one of many old cars spread throughout the village.

There was also an old windmill, still working and pumping water out of the ground. I love old windmills and this is the first time I have been able to get close up to a working mill.

This hut was built from Mallee Roots – a typical example of the making do attitude that was necessary in those days.

Next to the railway station was this little cottage, which is fitted out as it was back then. We were told about the family history and the use of some of the objects displayed.

I climbed up to the steam engines firing station.

And looked down the track.

An other interisting exhibit is the Nissen Hut, which is completely furnished.

We walked around the orchard – not much different to the orchard we are staying at. It was interesting to see the drying racks which are used to dry grapes to produce raisins.

There is lots of machinery on display, this plough just being one sample of them.

As we left the village we noticed this bush had all three stages of the flowering. The flowers themselves,

the nuts after flowiering

as well as the buds before the flowers open up.

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