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Published July 2nd 2016
Goolwa - a small town with a big history
Goolwa is a small town with a big history and if you enjoy seeing evidence and reading stories from days past, then pay a visit to the Goolwa National Trust Museum in Porter Street.
The museum is housed in a building dating back to 1872 and once used as a Blacksmiths shop. You'll recognise it by the stone structure outside.
The three key stones were part of an arch incorporated in the ANZ bank on the corner of King William Street and Currie Street and are made from granite sourced from West Island, near Victor Harbor.
Inside the museum you'll find a series of exhibitions telling stories of Goolwa, Hindmarsh Island and Currency Creek from pre European settlement to the present day. One of the newest exhibits, a work in progress, is the Goolwa Soldier's Memorial Wall. This tribute to local men and their families will depict the 130 recorded soldiers enlisted to serve our country during World War 1.
There's no shortage of large furniture items from local homes, shops, offices and hotels. Goolwa once boasted three hotels and you'll see a piano here that originates from one of them, The Australasian.
One of the most unusual items in the collection is the Kaesler family's "Home from Home" a 1924 Dodge tourer converted to a motorhome and considered to be the first in Australia. There's a delightful, must-read storyboard explaining how this vehicle came about.