Pioneer Park Historic Village

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East Terrace, Karoonda, South Australia

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Access to park through gate on East Terrace, Pioneer Park is a major historical attraction at Karoonda. It provides the opportunity for the Community and visitors to enjoy, understand and benefit from the areas distinctive history. Pioneer Park is maintained by the Karoonda Historical Society which operates under and with the assistance of the District Council Karoonda East Murray. The park presents several aspects of our pioneering history, including the railways, agriculture and associated community services. There are several examples of railway carriages that were utilised locally, centred on the rebuilt Yurgo railway siding. The original water pump used in the steam era locomotives has been relocated and still has an original working oil engine and associated pump housed within it. The original pioneer Methodist Church at Wynarka has been relocated to Pioneer Park and restored. The church was built in 1913 and was the first church building put up in the district. A pioneer farmhouse built in 1913 by the HOOD family at Sandalwood has been rebuilt at the park and contains many examples of items used during the pioneer days and has an adjacent cellar. The Kunlara Post and Telephone Office is adjacent to the farmhouse in a similar setting to the original, first opened in 1915 and finally closed in 1953. This was probably one of the smallest Post and Telephone Office building in South Australia. The Park is open seven days a week. Donations can be made to further develop and upkeep the historical park. Pioneer Park is established so that you can walk through the historical park at your leisure.

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Lat: -35.091907 Lng: 139.898742

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Bamtaz

Very interesting stroll around Pioneer Park, well maintained a credit to the town

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TheMex

Wander around at your leisure during daylight hours. Plenty of farm machinery, train carriages and interesting buildings to look at. Some of the more recent works to the park include installation of a steam driven shearing plant and various tractors which are displayed in their newest shed (access to these available during "open days" or by appointment only). If you aren't lucky enough to visit during an "open day" it is worth contacting the president of the of the Karoonda & District Historical Society. One of the members will be only too happy to provide access to the buildings via appointment (phone Council for info). No entry fee however donations/feedback are encouraged & can be deposited in the Dropbox located near the main entry. Also a fantastic location for e

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ChrisJ

Pioneer park a work in progress, lucky enough to have member of committee turn up and kindly showed us around .A credit to the community. A must see to appreciate our past

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