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If you walk along the main street far enough to Brandis Street, you will see the huge Rosella Pickles sign on the side of a building, this is the National Trust Museum. The building, built in 1875, was the first two storey building in the town. It was once a Bakery and has a unique underground baker's oven, and at another time, it was a Butcher's shop.
On the ground floor is a reconstructed general grocery store, music room, women's crafts display and Victorian kitchen. Upstairs is a gallery of old photographs and photographic equipment and a Victorian bedroom. Outside is a laundry room and ironmongery and displays of machinery and farming equipment.
There are some unique items, such as a cradle handmade from a packing case with an ‘extension’ for when the baby grew, or the cash register from the 1st roadhouse in the area.
There is even a message in a bottle found in one of the fireplaces, which was left by the original butcher’s daughter.
Updated Jun 21, 2012
Address: Brandis street, Crystal Brook
Phone: (08) 8636 2396.
Mention something "big" in Australia, and people flock to see it!
Well, here in Crystal Brook is something different, it is the "BIG GOANNA," built to hopefully bring tourists to town. I'ts a Big Tree Goanna, 'Varanus varius,' situated in an aggressive pose. This Goanna lives in this area and is under threat.
Written Jun 21, 2012
Address: Located in main street of Crystal Brook
This is an interesting walk to do. I came across numerous rocks with plaques and a silhouette made out of a piece of flat steel attached to the rock.
The plaque told me about the explorer, and the silhouette showed an art form of the event.
Probably when you look at the photo's you will understand!
I liked the true story of Harry, the cantankerous Camel who accidently shot his master, Explorer John Horrocks. Horrock's died 15 days later - see 2nd photo.
There are quite a few I saw and read, I know I didn't find them all as I hadn't been to the information centre to pick up the free trail brochure.
In the midde is a big notice board with a map and information on the trail
Updated Jun 20, 2012
Address: Main street of Crystal Brook
Walking along the median strip in the centre of the road, I came across this large rock. On reading the plaque, I found out it was recognizing Arthur Percy Sullivan, a local who won a VC in the post-World War I campaign against the Russians. He was born in Crystal Brook on 27 November 1896. His Victoria Cross was awarded for "conspicuous bravery" at Sheika River, North Russia on 10 August 1919.
A forgotten war, one you never hear of!
Written Jun 20, 2012
Bowman Park is 5kms east of Crystal Brook.
We found it quite easily travelling along a dirt road, past beautiful red gums and a lawned area to some old buildings.
The park has historic buildings which date back to 1847. To us, the animal park looked rundown and closed??
There is a brochure with walking trails here, including a 2.5hour walk to see early European settlement of the Crystal Brook area including the historic Bowman cemetery.
Trail 2, about 1.5km, takes you past the old homestead buildings at Bowman Park including the Station Infirmary (1852), the ruins of the original homestead (1850), the Smithys Shop (1850), the Hay loft and harness store (1852), the Stables (1850) and the Buggy Shed (1850).
The 3rd walk which is much longer [4.5kms], takes you to Hughes Gap and is a 3 hour walk through the bush.
Aboriginals were here long before white settlement. Having an ochre pit, permanent water source and a natural amphitheatre, they used this area as a ceremonial ground and a meeting place between the three nearby Nukuna, Kaurna and Ngadjuri Aboriginal nations.
OPEN.. 8am to Sunset. FREE ENTRY
Bowman Park gates are locked at night.
Head East along Eyre Rd to Edmund Tce past Hospital and Primary School. Follow the sealed road out of town on the Huddlestone Rd, the second turn left is Bowman Park Drive, this road takes you to Bowman Park.
Written Jun 20, 2012