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The Sheep's Back Museum

About The Sheep's Back Museum

The Naracoorte branch of the National Trust of South Australia runs 'The Sheep’s Back Museum', an award-winning museum that tells the the story of the Naracoorte and Lucindale districts, while placing it in the wider context of regional history; and of the Australian wool industry, which has driven the district’s economy for 150 years.

It was established at its current location in 1984, and is housed in a former flour mill, and in surrounding outbuildings. The museum is owned by the branch, and is managed by a team of volunteers.

The aim is to preserve and make a study of the history of the Australian wool industry within the 'Green Triangle' of south-eastern Australia. The museum focuses on the beginnings and the development of the wool industry together with the history of the early settlement and the social and economic growth of the communities within the township of Naracoorte and surrounding pastoral areas.

It also tells the story of the early settlers' discovery of the Naracoorte caves, a well-known tourist attraction and World Heritage site.

The museum's collection is large and varied, with material displayed inside a number of buildings, closed and open sheds, and on open display within the grounds.

The local council's Visitor Information Centre, is located in the museum building, and the museum receives a huge amount of assistance from the Visitors Information Centre staff and volunteers who act as the museum's front-of-house staff seven days a week, and assist at an operational level.

The museum receives no external funding and is totally self-supporting. It is essentially reliant on income received through entry charges, shop sales, grants, donations, and fund-raising activities.

The committee of the museum/Naracoorte branch of the National Trust of South Australia, welcomes all volunteers, whether they come purely to do a service for the community; for friendship and companionship; or to help more actively in developing the whole museum complex.

We provide opportunities for volunteers willing to donate their time, and get involved across several work areas, including digitising and cataloguing the collections, maintaining machinery and horse-drawn vehicles, building maintenance, gardening, research, guiding tourists around the museum, and assisting at our 'Lunch with History' events, and fundraising occasions.

The branch members and volunteers meet on the museum site, from 9am until noon, each Wednesday (other than public holidays), and members and volunteers undertake activities to further the museum's goals, and to maintain the museum buildings, the grounds, and the collections of objects.

Please come along one Wednesday and we’ll be glad to give you more detailed information so that you can decide whether volunteering is for you. At the very least you can join us for smoko at 10am!


Cnr Cameron & MacDonnell Streets
Naracoorte SA 5271

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