Why a Museum?
In 2000 Ray Ashenden, a demolition contractor, began work restoring and refurbishing the former Lakeside Dairying Co premises. He developed one section into a Restaurant which he and his partner Gaye ran for some time.
At the same time, Ray enthused a local group of people to assist in developing the other section into a museum as a tribute to our founders and to show people today how they lived and prospered throughout the district.
The official opening was 01-01-01, as part of the national Federation celebration events.
Ray had accumulated historic and interesting items through his demolition work across the state and locals were enthusiastic in providing what they had to enlarge the collection. The Peter Turner Family Trust has provided much of the farm machinery and vehicles. Peter was a former dealer in these items and had collected many over the years. There are three sheds of this and other outside displays.