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09 May 2022
Jeparit tourist attraction Wimmera Mallee Pioneer Museum's annual vintage rally will return after a two-year break due to COVID-19 impacts.
The Queen's Birthday rally, on Saturday 11, and Sunday June 12, will have a 'Sharing Our Memories' theme.
The museum holds Australia’s largest range of agricultural machinery from the 1890’s to 1940’s, including locally manufactured cultivating machines to harvesters.
The displays demonstrate the hardships and ingenuity of the pioneering agricultural heritage of the region, with the centre-piece being the extensive collection of vintage Massey Fergusson tractors.
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The museum’s displays of heritage buildings, furniture, house-hold items and memorabilia capture the feel of yesteryear and immerse the visitor in the pioneering atmosphere of farming life in the early 1900’s.
The first Vintage Rally was held in 2008 in an attempt to raise awareness of the historic assets located at the Museum that has often been described as one of Australia’s best-kept secrets.
The annual rally has grown to become the premier event of the year for the museum and allows visitors to see key exhibition items in action.
This year the rally will have guest presentations by local historian Phil Molesworth on the pioneer John Coppock; Craige Proctor talking about pioneering women and the German settlement of the area; and the Dimboola and District Historical Society will be presenting a slideshow of historical slides from its collection.
Many more activities, stalls and displays are planned for the weekend.