Goolwa Museum

Goolwa Museum

The Museum interprets the story of Goolwa, Currency Creek and Hindmarsh Island from Aboriginal times through European settlement to the present day. The museum contains a large collection of objects relating to the settlement of the Goolwa district from 1840 and includes Aboriginal artefacts, shipping artefacts relating to the Murray-Darling river system and its ocean outlets, and objects illustrating pioneering agricultural and village life from 1840 to the present.

Address: 
11-13 Porter Street, Goolwa, SA
Tel: 
0885552221
Hours: 
Tuesday - Thursday, Saturday & Sunday, School & Public Holidays 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Admission: 
Adult $2.50, Child $0.50
Facilities: 
Limited wheelchair access, reading room facilities for researchers, archives available by appointment, small souvenir shop, meeting room seating up to 30 people
Collection: 
Objects related to shipbuilding and community life. Community archival records and shipping records are a major part of the collection. Approximately 500 photographs are also held by the museum.
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Items

Engine

Goolwa Beam Engine

Goolwa Beam Engine
Creator:
Bodley Brothers
Description:
This beam engine was used in the construction of the Port Elliot breakwater and later for hauling vessels up on the Goolwa slipway. It has been restored to working order.
Date:
c1849

Shipwreck artefacts

Waterwitch' Shipwreck

Waterwitch' Shipwreck
Creator:
John Gray
Description:
Artefacts salvaged from the wreck of the cutter 'Waterwitch', sunk in the river Murray at Moorunde in 1842.
Date:
1842

Hobart

Shipwreck artefact

Mozambique' ship keel

Mozambique' ship keel
Creator:
Wm and Jas Lawton
Description:
This is part of the keel of the ship 'Mozambique', wrecked on the coast South East of the mouth of the river Murray in 1854.
Date:
1833-1854

Portland, New Brunswick, Canada

Quilt

Hutchison Quilt

Hutchison Quilt
Creator:
Mrs Y Hutchinson
Description:
This patchwork quilt was handmade by Mrs Hutchison during her voyage of migration from England to South Australia in 1853..
Date:
c1853

England, South Australia

Motor Vehicle

Australia's first motorised caravan

Australia's first motorised caravan
Creator:
Mr G "Pop" Kaisler
Description:
This mobile home was built by Mr G Kaisler of Nuriootpa, SA. The caravan body resembling a house is mounted on the chassis of a 1924 Dodge Tourer truck. The caravan is still registered and is driven on special occasions.
Date:
1924

Nuriootpa, SA,