Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement

The Pioneer Settlement portrays life in the Murray-Mallee in the era 1830-1930, including pre-contact between aborigines and settlers. The Settlement covers seven acres and is situated beside the Murray in north-western Victoria, and was started with the arrival of the paddlesteamer Gem, the biggest riverboat of the 19th century, in 1963. This event caused a huge revival of interest in history, with many similar museums being set up around Australia. There is an excellent schools education program, riverboat cruises on the Murray River, Australia's first sound and light show and staffed shops. It is also the Australia's first outdoor museum.

There is a wide array of activities included in the entry price.

* a working blacksmith,

* fashion,

* rides in horsedrawn vehicles and vintage cars,

* artefacts,

* the printer makes posters,

* visitors can photograph themselves in period costume. * a steam-driven factory operates regularly.

* Australia's only stereoscopic theatre displays 25 three-dimensional photographs at one time.

Collections

The museum shows town and rural life of the settlement period, with over 40,000 artefacts relating to life in the Murray-Mallee in the era 1830-1930.

There are over 50 buildings, many tractors, cars, trucks and items of farm machinery, a huge number of domestic items, two late-1800s riverboats, and many books and publications.