School holiday fun at Mount Laura Homestead Museum

Mount Laura Homestead Museum is open throughout the school holidays, offering families more than just a static display of Whyalla’s history.

 “There’s always plenty to see and do here,” said Mount Laura Homestead Museum caretaker, Joanne Waters.

 “From working blacksmiths to demonstrations of a telegraph system, there’s usually something going on here that will fascinate children,” she said.

 The complex boasts a myriad of buildings and displays including the 1922 sheep station homestead, telling the story of the early days of Whyalla, an original BHP workman’s cottage from 1914, and engine shed and the Telecommunications Museum with a range of historic items from the overland telegraph era to modern satellite communications.

 The complex is home to the first police cell from the Hummock Hill settlement.  (Hummock Hill grew to become Whyalla).

 “We welcome families here, there is plenty to see and get involved in, we’ve even got lovely gardens where they can have a picnic lunch,”said Mrs Waters.

 “We are very proud of our local history, our collections tell the story of Whyalla in a fun and engaging way,” she said.

 The museum is open weekdays from 10-3pm and on Sundays from 1-4pm.

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