Do you think you know Griffith's history? A new train tour at the Pioneer Park Museum may delightfully prove you wrong.
'In their tracks: A tour of Bagtown and Beyond' is set to take both tourists and townies on a journey through MIA's history.
From the first, original hospital in Griffith, a small one-room gaol used mainly by those who had imbibed too much for the singular police officer's liking, to Merriwagga machinery imported from Germany during the First World War. The tour has it all.
Curator Bonnie Brown says the tour will provide all the background you need to know, scattered with little anecdotes for a real insight into what life was like here in the olden days.
"We have done tours for groups before, and we an see a real value for having them regularly," Miss Owen said.
"I'd really like to see locals come down and have a look, it really helps create a sense of community identity."
Helped along by volunteers Dianne and Rob Silvester, the tour had its debut on the first weekend of June.
"We had both locals and visitors on the tour, and the locals were amazed at what they didn't know," Mrs Silvester said.
"It is really great being a volunteer here, you feel a sense of ownership in our past, and I am learning new things every day."
Dobbed in a few years back by her husband to drive the train, Mrs Silvester said she had learnt so much she didn't know before, and found it incredibly rewarding to impart that knowledge.
"It gives you a real sense of being valued."
Train tours fall on the first Sunday of every month with the next on July 7, starting at 11am.
A cuppa and a chat will be provided afterwards. Cost for the tour is $5 alongside regular admission fees.
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