Celebrating 45 years of Pioneer Park Museum

On Tuesday 12 April Griffith Pioneer Park Museum will celebrate 45 years since it first opened to the public.

As the day falls during the school holidays, the Museum will offer free train rides at 11am and 1pm for visitors to the Park. Furthermore, entrance will be at children’s prices for the day -- $6 per person.

There have been various trains at Pioneer Park Museum since 1975 and they have served to entertain children and carry people around the grounds.

The current train has been operating since 1982, as a result of Roy Golsby-Smith. With the assistance of his son and others, he converted a Ferguson tractor that was sold to the Museum by Mr Signor of Yenda for $400.

Local engineer Gordon Sells supplied and shaped the steel that forms the chassis, while Bordignon Engineering provided and fitted truck wheels. “Blue” Emery supplied the tyres and “Nugget” Kemp donated many bits and pieces.

Griffith Pioneer Park Museum was officially opened on Saturday 12 April 1971 by Mrs Elizabeth "Doll" Clarke (nee Roberts). She was the granddaughter of Alfred and Elizabeth Hill, whose cottage “Fairview” was the first building acquired by the Museum and where Mrs Clarke had lived for 40 years.

Visit Griffith Pioneer Park Museum on Tuesday 12 April 2016 and help celebrate local history with a free train ride.

Photo of Harvey Terrazas and Roy Golsby-Smith by John Robinson.