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    MELDONFIELD - MINIATURES

    by balhannah Written Jun 3, 2012

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    Meldonfield - Created by Eldon & Mary Zimmermann.
    On the day, we were shown around by Mary, Eldon was busy doing some house-painting!
    Eldon is the maker of the miniatures, and Mary makes the clothing and minor details, together, they make a good pair, and have a wonderful display of Miniature Horse-Drawn Vehicles of long ago. We are talking about true to scale miniatures, depicting scenes of yesteryear.

    Eldon and Mary had just completed the Petersburg Railway Station circa 1885, which was disposed of in 1960. The remains are out on a creek bed north west of Peterborough. They collected the original stone and bricks and used them in the model, one they are very proud of.

    We were also shown the workshop where the little Models begin their life in the hands of Eldon.

    We were told about each individual model by Mary, so if you are in a hurry, you had better tell her so, as it took longer than we thought. Altogether, a wonderful display, one we all agreed on as being good!

    Please check the website for opening times.

    Entry is by a side gate and there was only a small notice which we missed seeing on our first drive along Lloyd street. House is on the corner of the first intersection.

    ADMISSION IN 2012 .... ADULTS.....$8.00

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    MORE HOTELS!

    by balhannah Written Jun 3, 2012

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    In 1898, it was decided that another three Hotels were needed for Peterborough.

    The 1st one was known as the "Junction Hotel," as at one stage, the town was also known as Yongala Junction. It was built in 1881, the same year the railway came to Peterborough and was the second Hotel built in Peterborough. [photo1]

    The next Hotel, known at the "Peterborough Hotel,' also is extremely large. [photo 2]

    The other Hotel is the "Federal Hotel," built in 1898, rather fancy as for the first time, travelling Specialists had their own consulting rooms. Another feature was the gas acetylene lighting through-out the Hotel

    All are located in the main street.

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    CURRENT TOWN HALL

    by balhannah Updated Jun 3, 2012

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    This in no 2 on the History Walk and it beside the YMCA.

    A large building, with Australian and Aboriginal flags flying, you know you have found the Town Hall.
    This building has a claim to fame as being the largest Town Hall in rural South Australia. The old town hall is still in town and located on the history walk.
    It has a theatre equipped with 260 seats, and a projection room, but not able to show films.
    The hall can easily fit 1000 people.

    The Peterborough Patchworker's Federation Wall hanging made during 2001 to commemorate the Federation of Australia is housed in the Federation Foyer of the Town Hall. The cabinet was built specifically by the Peterborough Cabinet Makers.

    The Town Hall is open ..... 9am until 4:30pm Monday to Friday.
    Closed on weekends and public holidays.
    For access when the Town Hall is closed a key is available from the 'Take a Break' coffee shop for a refundable deposit of $5.00.

    ###The original Town Hall was painted nicely and is now a private home. Its located just a short walk away, see my last two photos.

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    OLD SHOPS IN THE MAIN STREET

    by balhannah Written Jun 3, 2012

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    As I walked the main street, I noticed many of the shops were built in the 1800's. Not only were they in their original condition, but in one shop window were some very old papers and tins.
    It was a wonder they weren't in a Museum!

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    CAPITOL THEATRE

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    Capitol Theatre

    The Capitol Theatre, even though newer than many of the other buildings, is a "has been," and quite run down. The Theatre at the Old Town hall was inadequate, so the Capitol Theatre was built to solve the problem and was opened in 1926, with seating for 1020 people. Polished blackwood gave a nice finishing touch inside, and outside, if you look at the round lead-light windows at the top, they have "CT" in them.
    Problem solved, and people could flock to the Movies once again.
    It is now privately owned, I do hope one day it may be restored to its former glory.

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    PETERBOROUGH CABINET MAKERS

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    Cabinet maker's shop

    This Cabinet Maker's shop has been around for a long time. Also located in the main street, it is always nicely painted and in good repair. Do make sure you have a look around the corner, for here is the Mural of the business.

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    RAILWAY HOTEL

    by balhannah Written Jun 3, 2012

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    Where this Hotel now stands, is where a Blacksmith set up the first business in Peterborough.
    Peterborough has quite a few Hotels, but for me, this is the most beautiful. It was built in 1891 in colonial architecture with a lovely return verandah for those hot, sunny days, a second story balcony and beautiful cupola. The Hotel has been renovated with modern facilities, but still retains old worlde charm.

    The Railway Hotel has a bistro, the meals change often, a fine selection of wines, specialising in Clare, Barossa and McLaren Vale wines, and also a Motel section for accommodation.

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    MEMORIAL PARK

    by balhannah Updated Jun 3, 2012

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    Memorial Park

    I have been to Peterborough quite a few times and each time the memorial park was lovely. It is known as Soldiers Memorial Gardens, in memory of those who fought in the First World War. This is where the war monuments are located and a Rotunda.
    This time, a lot of work was being done, so there was no entry.
    It's also where you will find the Free Toilets if you are looking for them.

    At the back of the park, is the "Y" Class number 82 Locomotive. It began service in 1888 and operated in this area until 1919 when it was transferred to another division. In 1931, it was returned back to Peterborough where it worked until taken out of service in 1960.
    There is an interpretive board at the front of the train that explains about the history.

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    HISTORY WALK

    by balhannah Written Jun 3, 2012

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    This is a brochure that I picked up from the Visitor Centre. It shows all the historic, interesting sights in Peterborough, I must admit, I didn't see all, but I did see the ones in the main street.
    Each one has an interpretive sign about the building being viewed. If you do the whole walk, expect to take about 80 mins.

    So lets begin the walk..................

    NO 1 is the YMCA BUILDING

    In 1925, a person from the "Young Men's Christian Association" came to Peterborough to see about a building being built with a gym and to accommodate 25 people.
    The building was built and opened its doors in 1927. It is now used as council offices.

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    VISTIOR INFORMATION RAILWAY CARRIAGE

    by balhannah Updated Jun 3, 2012
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    What a novel idea for a Railway town to have their information centre in an old restored Railway Carriage.
    The Carriage was built in England at a cost of £4,495.3.6, is 65 feet long and weighs 36.1 tones.

    It began life as Narb 12 in 1917 and ended its service as non air-conditioned accomodation on goods trains until written off in 1979.

    The carriage is on permanent loan by the Steamtown Preservation Society to the Peterborough Tourism Inc. In 1985, His Excellency, Sir Donald Dunstan, Governor of South Australia officially declared it open for business

    The carriage itself is worth a walk through the corridor to see the old style compartments, the historical photos and the beautiful pressed steel ceiling.

    I asked if I could take photos, and they were allowed.

    The Centre is open from 10am to 3pm, with profits from the sale of souvenirs put back into promoting the town and area.
    There is a good collection of souvenirs, of course a lot of them are lovely trains and things to do with trains.

    Toilets are located further down the main street.
    There is plenty of FREE car parking at the rear of the Carriage, and out the front is the statue of "Bob the Railway dog."

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    BOB THE DOG

    by balhannah Written Jun 3, 2012
    Bob the Railway Dog

    BOB was a scruffy dog with a thick coat, a friendly grin and bright beady eyes! He was believed to be a German Collie, Smithfield cross.

    Evidently, a William Ferry who worked in the railways, obtained Bob [stray dog] from the Port Augusta Police Station. William Ferry was transferred to Peterborough as a Porter/Guard.

    Bob took to Trains like a Duck to water, and soon he was jumping on and off Trains when-ever he wanted. He went interstate and local, and even made river trips on the River Murray Paddle Steamers. Bob became very well travelled, going to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, always following the engineman home at the end of each trip. When he heard the whistle of a train he was off!

    Every traveller knew Bob and the children adored him.

    Once Bob went missing, stolen by a Farmer. Sheep were near the railway line and Bob happened to hear the train whislte, so he escaped his captor and was "back on the trains again."
    The farmer tried to claim him but had no luck, being told Bob belonged to the South Australian Railways. After that, a collar was made for Bob, with an inscription “stop me not but let me jog for I am Bob the Drivers’ dog.
    Bob passed away in 1895, so his collar is now in the Port Dock railway museum. His body was stuffed and displayed in a glass case at various railway stations for many years.

    Quite a story, and now the statue of Bob can be seen infront of the Information centre Railway carriage.

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    Finding out

    by iandsmith Updated May 25, 2010

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    Nothing like an eclectic garden
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    I have a bike on the rear of my motorhome and I find that if you’re into researching country towns, you unearth treasures that you wouldn’t normally find by riding around the back streets.
    Such was the case when I paused to photograph what could be best described as an eclectic garden arrangement on the south side of the tracks. As I raised to release the shutter a lady emerged from the door and we learnt over the next 10 minutes that what was behind the “garden” was, in fact, the oldest house in Peterborough, dating back to the late 19th century.
    It actually wasn’t a house originally, just the stables to a much grander residence that has now disappeared.
    The second picture shows what was once a lovely residence but is now a crumbling ruin. Story has it that a young man built this house for his bride-to-be who, when she arrived in Peterborough from England on its completion in the 1880s, said she didn't like it and refused to live in it. Later on the local General Motors dealer used to own it.

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    The Zimmermans - A world in miniature

    by iandsmith Written May 25, 2010

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    Our next point of interest, after a ride through the lovely Victoria Park, was the Zimmermans and their house of things small. This place is well worth a visit. The amount of work that has gone into their works is amazing.
    Horse drawn wagons, dolls, farm machinery, tools and the piece de resistance – a scale model railway station, incredibly almost all made from materials of the now demolished Peterborough Railway Station. Indeed, over 10,000 miniature bricks have been made amongst other things to construct this feature.
    He had to make a special tool to do the corrugations in the small roof. It was made from an old wringer, just one of many odd tools that first had to be constructed to complete this masterpiece. (pic5)

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    Bob the Dog

    by iandsmith Written May 25, 2010

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    Bob the dog, remembered still

    Outside the Tourist Information Centre there’s a statue to Bob the Dog, a remarkable canine of terrier origin that used to board trains and travel everywhere for nothing of his own accord, sort of like the grey nomads of today.
    His exploits took him as far afield as Sydney, Mount Gambier and Melbourne and all on his own.
    Originally he was adopted by a train engineer which understandably led to his fame as a solo traveller.
    This all happened late in the 19th century.

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    A fading glory

    by iandsmith Written Aug 13, 2006

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    Memorabilia

    Or, not so, since both items have a fresh coat of paint.
    The old steam train at the rear bears testimony to the significance of the railway in Peterborough's history. The rail head here was used for the transportation of minerals from the Barrier Range.
    During a time when many places in South Australia (1890-1913) were crippled by depression and drought, Peterborough prospered due to the mineral wealth.
    The railways played a large part in that until war, signified by the artillery piece in front, came to play a significant place in Australia's history, particularly the rural towns where farm workers and such saw a way out of their situation and thought things might be more adventurous on the other side of the fence.
    Sadly, there are young men today who still haven't learnt the lessons of the past.
    Peterborough has cemented its place in rural South Australia these days though the declining primary industry reliance on hired labour has meant it isn't necessarily quite as prosperous as it once way.

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