Jindera Pioneer Museum

Jindera Pioneer Museum combines the historic Wagner's Store and residence with a pioneer village and an art gallery.

The store and residence are fully fitted out as they would have been a century ago, and the grounds of the museum contain a series of structures that reflect the building techniques used by the district's pioneers. There is also a relocated post office and an unusual iron postbox, and an original blacksmith's shop opposite Wagner's Store.

Objects related to German - as well as Scottish and English - migration and settlement in the area, including a German wagon which brought the Funk family from South Australia, are on display.

The wagon represents the stories of those who made the arduous overland journey in search of a better life in the Riverina district of New South Wales after the Robertson Land Acts of 1861 opened up land for free selection.

While the store and homestead reflect a relatively comfortable lifestyle, some objects in the museum demonstrate how rural people 'made do' with available materials in times of hardship.

Noted Australian artist Sir Russell Drysdale lived in the area, and his artwork, The German Shopkeeper, almost certainly depicts Wagner's Store. The museum's Cottage Gallery also reflects this connection with one of Australia's significant 20th-century artists.