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Mallala Museum, 2009
Mallala Museum, 2009

A Gateway to the North

For History Month the Mallala Museum has highlighted the topic “A Gateway to the North”

Travellers into the area discover an array of place names. Many of these belonged to settlements where now only the remnants of their existence remain.

The Mallala Museum presents displays which illustrate aspects of life for those who ventured into the country. This wiki aims to tell the stories of these communities as they built these places to service their needs. These were fine achievements in the absence of reticulated water or provision of electricity.

Electricity supply In the “Register” a South Australian Newspaper on Friday 21 May 1926 it is reported “Mallala, May 19- the town is now in a happy position of being supplied with electricity. A number of residents assembled in the street on Monday evening to witness the switching on of the light.” see article:Electricity arrives

Water Supply Chronicle 8 Oct 1904 p14 "Sept 26 1904 - The pipe carters are busy carting pipes from the Barossa water track, from Mallala to Dublin."Water Supply

Horse Teams carting water pipes
Horse Teams carting water pipes

Then and Now 2 Wasleys Road

H. Lawrence Saddler at Mallala, 1870s
H. Lawrence Saddler at Mallala, 1870s
Mallala Main Street c1895, 2 Wasleys Rd on right
Mallala Main Street c1895, 2 Wasleys Rd on right
Building at 2 Wasleys Road about to be demolished 2009
Building at 2 Wasleys Road about to be demolished 2009
The Opening of the Rotunda at 2 Wasley Road
The Opening of the Rotunda at 2 Wasley Road


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Ex Military Service Personnel 1895-1916

An initiative of the Two Wells RSL, for the Adelaide Plains Council District and surrounding areas, to remember and acknowledge those who served and those who paid "The Ultimate Sacrifice"

The project records the details, service history and images of all from the area, who are known to have served since the Boer Wars.

The Mallala museum holds these records and invites you to check that they are complete and accurate. Any omissions will be gratefully received to be added to the collection


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Join us on Flickr to find more images of Mallala's history and share your own! Mallala Museum on Flickr


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