We are leaving Riverton and heading to Kapunda, but first we will make a stop at Tarlee. Lots of people do this, as there is food, fuel, and a good rest area with free Toilets there. Plenty of parking space too!
Now, there isn't much at Tarlee, but if you are heading to Riverton and the Clare Valley, then this is a good place to stop and stretch the legs.
Whilst doing that, take a look a the several information boards, one board showing the roads of the District, and the other describing what you can expect to see in each town.
14kms to Riverton
This is a lovely old Station which opened for railway business in 1869. The building was added to between 1875 to 1905. It isn't the first Station built here, that was a wooden building that was destroyed by fire in the 1870's. The station is massive for a country railway station, at the time, the finest outside Adelaide. The Refreshment Rooms were open for all passenger trains. Here, a 3-course Dinner was served to East-West passengers and Breakfast to Broken Hill passengers. Additionally, refreshments were served to passengers on all other trains
The platform was the scene of the first "political assassination," this is how it was reported by the media in 1921. On 22 March, 1921, a passenger who was travelling on the Broken Hill Express from Adelaide, fired a number of shots into the dining room, and Percy Brookfield, a Member of Parliament for Broken Hill, was shot and killed when he tried to disarm the gunman. The bullet holes are still visible in the wall.
The last scheduled passenger train passed through Riverton in 1988.
It was sold in 1990, then opened as a Gallery and Tea Rooms. In 1996 the complex was refurbished with bed and breakfast accommodation in the 'Red Hen' Railway carriages. Sometimes, you can still come here on a Tourist Train.
Private property, so no entry, but DO NOT MISS SEEING!
From Scholz Cottage, head east down Elliot Street and then cross over Frederick Street and continue on Jean Street. At the end of the street you will come across the beautifully preserved Railway Complex
The Riverton Arms Hotel, a single storey old historic building which was built in 1855 by Frederick and John Hannaford, is where you can go inside and imagine you were one of the old Bullocky drivers enjoying a Beer and a yarn! Back in those days, it was known as "The Riverton Arms Inn."
It was licensed in 1857 and is now on the State Heritage Register.
Finally reaching the end of my walk, I came across the Uniting chuch, not old, as it was built in 1964 to replace the original one which is now the Lutheran Church.
The old stone building next door is an opportunity shop, where you many want to buy some cheap clothes and discard before heading back home overseas! Cheap prices!
Riverton is a great town to see lots of different styles of historic homes.
Just walking along Torrens street, [the main street of Riverton], I saw plenty. I can't remember which are which now, but I do know the oldest dates back to 1856.
Go for a walk, and enjoy the architecture of Riverton.
The website is a good one to print out and take with you. It is loaded with information on the old homes and buildings in Riverton.
Our next building is also a private residence now. A local builder built the building using cinders and cement. The first floor has six bedrooms and a parlour with a bathroom, whilst the ground floor has a small grand entrance hall, kitchen, large dining room and other amenities. This building had previously been used as a boarding house, then a furniture store, and a betting shop, chemist, shoemaker, dental technician and a hairdressers.
This delightful Community Hall was built in 1874 as a single story building at a cost of 1,000 pounds. The next stage was added in 1914 and in 1930 the supper room and kitchen were built from funds raised by the successful ' Back to Riverton' celebration held in 1929.
More additions erected during the State's '150 year Jubilee' in 1986 were officially opened by the then Governor of South Australia, Sir Donald Dunstan.
The Riverton Monthly Market is held here on the 3rd Saturday of each month.
The Market is from 9am-1pm and entry is free.
A double story Hotel with gorgeous lace work on the balconies was built in 1908, and an adjoining cottage was built in 1854.
The Cottage was here before the Hotel, and was owned by James Mason Elliot, a blacksmith and veterinary surgeon who called the Cottage home. In 1900, Richard Burrows, a coach builder and blacksmith, who specialised in wrought iron work, purchased the business. Later, the cottage and the adjoining block was then sold to The Lion Brewing Co. who built the Hotel Central which opened in 1908.
'Sanda Magna' is a private Residence, so no entrance, just look from the outside. I was quite happy with this
This double story colonial cottage with its shingle slate roof was built by Mr. Sara in 1871. Originally, it comprised four upstairs bedrooms whilst downstairs there were two smaller bedrooms, a small parlour and breakfast room with a slate cellar under the breakfast room.
James Scholefield, the district clerk of the local councils from 1873 - 1920, lived here with his family. He died while enjoying a ' after dinner pipe' in the front parlour.
Hi widow, named their house after their native village in Yorshire.
Next to the Pioneer garden, is the historic Lutheran Church. It was built in 1874 as the Bible Christian Church, then amalgamated with the Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists in 1900 and became the Methodist Church. They sold the Church in1964 to the Lutheran congregation when their new Pioneer Methodist Church was opened in Moorhouse Terrace.
I thought it looked built in the style of a Methodist church, now I know it was!
This garden held quite a surprise!
I entered through the gate on Torrens road and had a look at the Monument first, which recognized the early pioneers of this area.
After reading that, I walked towards the back, and there were a lot of Headstones!
This garden was established in 1956, on land consecrated by the Anglican Church in 1855. Located here are many graves, a lot of them are Children. The earliest is John Glanville who died at the age of 13 years in 1855. The last burial, was Mary Plew, who died in 1906, aged 86 years.
Ninety three children, all under 15 years are buried here, and another 25 haven't been recorded, but are thought to be buried here.
The Riverton Forge is also located in Scholz Park. From a bygone era, it is a chance to see historic machinery and items from the early 1900’s. It has three hand blown forges and functional equipment.
OPEN... Sundays from 1 pm till 3 pm.
Members are present on the last Sunday of each month, where possible.
Located in the middle of Riverton, is Scholz Park Museum.
August Scholz commenced his wheelwright business here. First he built the four roomed cottage in 1874, then 12 years later he purchased the adjoining blacksmith shop. The complex remained in the Scholz Family until 1966 when the District Council of Riverton purchased it and set about restoring the buildings and contents. It is now a working Museum, and also has static displays.
OPEN ON WEEKENDS... 1-4PM.... or by appointment
The two Banks I saw my walk are both historic buildings.
The Bank of S.A. originally was the Savings Bank of South Australia, that opened in 1930. Some alterations were done in 1982. I thought it a rather attractive building!
The A.N.Z. Bank was opened in 1915, with the original bank becoming the manager's residence.
Leaflets are available at the Riverton History and Information Centre, Torrens Road, Riverton.
We arrived before the centre was open, so we walked from the old Railway station, back to the main street and followed this to the other end of town. This is the shorter version of the Heritage Trail, and we found it quite enough to do. Riverton has many lovely historic buildings.