The Farm Shed Museum

Interpretive displays in the National Trust museum bring together the stories and farming collection that has been growing for the last 40 years. Yorke Peninsula is renowned for its innovation in dryland farming machinery and techniques. The stump-jump plough was just the beginning! See it in action on the screen in the landclearing display and don't miss "Her Side of the Story "about women on farms.

The early history of Wallaroo Mines and the Kadina township is included along with the National Trust building, Matta House. This mine manager’s residence built in 1863 still has a shingle roof and is furnished to reflect the height of the mining era. A school room refurbished to its 1950s origins is a favourite with school groups. The newest display brings together military memorabilia.


Sheds have been upgraded and extended to create over 4,000 square meters of exhibition space. The Museum houses Australia's most comprehensive collection of machinery related to dryland farming. Items span over a hundred years of development in farming techniques. Since the invention of the Stump-jump plough (demonstrated on video), Yorke Peninsula farmers have continued to look for innovative solutions, so local ingenuity can be seen through the collection. Farming machinery manufacture continues to this day. A growing collection of photographs is being utilised to interpret the farming story. The mine manager's residence introduces the dramatic arrival of copper mining, which was the impetus to further settlement. The town's story is told in another building.