Built in 1864 near the site of South Australia's first ferry crossing on Murray River, the complex consists of a courtroom, police station and two cells, stables and loft as well as a post and telegraph office. Originally a National Trust property, it was sold in 2012 and is now in private hands.
Preserving the Wendish heritage of South Australia, members are descendents of the pioneering Wends who migrated to South Australia from 1848-1860. Wends (also called Sorbs) are a Slavic people living in Lusatia, a region in south-eastern Germany. The society publishes a newsletter and holds regular functions.
The West Torrens Historical Society strives to generate interest in local history among residents of the area by holding open meetings during which guest speakers make presentations on a wide range of subjects. Read more about West Torrens Historical Society >
Exhibiting the largest land locked ship in Australia the 1941 HMAS Whyalla, the Maritime Museum offers an intriguing insight into WWII naval history and BHP shipbuilding. You also find the Aboriginal connection with Spencer Gulf, early maritime heritage and natural history. Read more about Whyalla Maritime Museum >
The Museum is an authentic Courtroom with displays, family and district history. Stables (at rear of Courthouse) house the Slate Museum telling of the discovery of slate and the industry that followed. Bassett Boys Schoolroom in St Lukes Street opened in 1862 is now a venue for school visits.
Come and experience the history of Yankalilla and District, one of the first areas of South Australia settled by Europeans and a major part of Australia’s grain bowl of the 1850s and 1860s. Much of this grain was exported to the eastern states goldfields. The Museum tells the story of typical early life and industries. Read more about Yankalilla District Historical Museum >