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- Light & sound show of the history of the steam train in the north of South Australia & the huge amounts of ore moved from Silverton & Broken Hill to Port Pirie for processing.
Peterbrough was the northwest hub for all trains until 1970.
Great sound & light show, very well put together & the show is in a AC carriage, heated for winter, luckily as it was windy & cold when we were here.
Totally recommend.Written 7 July 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- I never knew there was such a diversity of motorcycles. Ian has curated a collection of the unusual and he will willingly talk about them.Written 24 November 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Great printing works in Peterborough. Very good tour by Mary. Excellent to see the printing machines working. Highly recommended!Written 17 September 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Exceptional service. Very friendly service from the ladies. So helpful too. Had a lovely time to there. Very informative.Written 13 February 2022
- This is a great introduction to the history of Peterborough and the region. Sit and watch the passing view in the cabin. Free. Highly recommended!Written 17 September 2021
- Great display of history of town in the well presented 'N' gauge model train that runs for 10 minutes with the press of a button, and series of mural panels. The shop was well stocked also! Accessible by wheelchair - small step at entrance, and wide access lanes once inside BUT need to be able to stand or be held at standing height to see the train model.Written 9 June 2023
- Bob the railway dog loved trains. He travelled extensively, mostly on the coal tender. He even got as far as Sydney.
There is a book about his life and adventures which is a highly entertaining and informative read.
This site is a statue of him.Written 25 April 2021
- There's a sign telling you where to stop and what to do - follow the instructions then be amazed as your car rolls up the hill!
The science nerds in our car spent a while trying to figure out how our brains were being fooled here, to no avail. One of us wasn't fooled though - he was completely missing out on the illusion, and couldn't understand why the rest of us were so bemused.
Another car passing by stopped to give it a go - those guys described it as a "spin out" and had to go back and try it a second time!Written 14 July 2019
- Interesting! So at the top of the Town Hall it's clearly stamped as 1926...but a memorial stone at on the front is dated March 1927... it was laid by J. H.Koch Esq.
What's interesting is that the facade is incorrect... it really was built in 1927. That was the year that the town's council finally, unanimously were in favour of building a new hall... there had been years of debate.
The Architect for this was Chris Smith... he built it in Art Deco style. Chris is recognised as one of the leading South Australian exponents of the Art Deco style. Although registered at birth as Arthur Christopher, all subsequent official records cite him as Christopher Arthur. His father, Thomas Edwin Smith, was a sailor then labourer. His mother, Elizabeth Ellen Williams, signed her wedding certificate with a cross, suggesting she was illiterate.
This was the centre for local entertainment once ... it has been a cinema, a wedding venue, a funeral venue, dance hall, debutante balls venue, a place for concerts and a venue for many other things over time. The hall can seat up to 1000 people.Written 18 May 2023
- love this place they have made it a slice of fantasy just to see it and to know how much effort they have put into this lovely garden, even better at Christmas with the light displayWritten 12 July 2017
- The views were amazing. Great place to go for sunset and experience the local birdlife. Wheelchair accessible, even up to the viewing platform along a properly graded long ramp after a 180 metre walk of very slight gradient.Written 9 June 2023
- An interesting museum full of the history and life in Peterborough. Well set out displays with each room set up with focus on different parts of past life in the Peterborough area. A brilliant display and entry by donation.Written 28 February 2021
- Originally named Petersburg after the landowner, Peter Doecke, who sold land to create the town. It was one of 69 places in South Australia renamed in 1917 due to anti-German sentiments during World War I. The first settlers started to arrive here in 1875.
The town has a substantial history -with wealth generated as the railways offered up a lot of employment. The town has a lot of heritage listed buildings and for anyone with an interest in history, you will enjoy being in this town.
You can collect a map from the Visitor Information Centre, or alternatively google 'Peterborough Heritage Walk' and find a copy online. The walk takes about an hour and a half to complete...the area is for all fitness levels as most of it is flat.
35 buildings are listed on the map. BUT if you want to walk around without this map, the signs are also along the edges of the pavement explaining the significance of the buildings.Written 18 May 2023
- Peterborough is known for its Railway culture so it's very fitting that a memorial should be here... not too far from the War Memorial.
The memorial is a tribute to Railway Workers who died whilst on duty and were based at Peterborough at the time of their passing. The first death listed was from 1901 , the last is 1985.
The pavers leading up to and alongside the monument depict the names of the people who worked on the railways in Peterborough. They were paid for by the families of the railway workers but these only represent some of the thousands of people who worked on the railway here since 1881.
The monument has been here since 2005 and as unveiled by John Evans (South Australian Tourism Commission)
Behind the memorial is a Y class locomotive that you can step into.Written 17 May 2023
- Unveiled by the Governor, Sir Alexander Hore-Ruthven in April 1934, this was originally erected to commemorate those who died in service or were killed in action in World War One .
An interesting thing to note about Sir Alex is he became Governor of South Australia in May 1928. He was an enthusiastic governor, visiting the State in a plane owned by his ADC Hugh Grosvenor. He was involved in the scouts and the Red Cross. He found himself in trouble when he criticised the Trade Unions for making life difficult for returned servicemen. He supported the Lionel Hill government during the Great Depression in the 1930s. His term of office ended in 1934 and he was moved to New South Wales. He was later appointed Governor-General of Australia in 1936 just after George V died.
But about the Cenotaph.., it is prominently located in the middle of their Main Street and it is quite formal. The backdrop for this memorial is a rotunda. Since originally being erected more has been added to remember all conflicts that Australia has been involved with.
The long lists of names indicates how hard his this community was by the effects of the wars.Written 17 May 2023
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