The Creation & About Us
The Australiana Pioneer Village will absorb you into
and activities of life over 100 years ago. It's a total experience - sights,
sounds and aromas of the past. Come and enjoy the tranquility of the Hawkesbury
– the beginning of Australia's rural settlement.
Founders, Bill and Marie McLachlan travelled to Los
Angeles to judge the 1961 World Water Ski Titles at Long Beach California. During their stay the concept of The Australiana Village as it was called then came
alive from meeting the Knotts Family of Knotts Berry Farm in Los Angeles. A committed
couple, Marie and Bill with their imagination and determination created
Australiana Heritage History.
A local person named Mr Silvo Biencoti moved
the buildings in one piece to The Australiana Village. This incorporated moving
buildings through traffic during the day, lifting electricity wires and pulling
out local road posts to cut the path into now a Historic Society.
Marie became the proud owners of the Tropicana Hotel Motel which is now the
Heritage Hotel located next to The Village. Bill was also the Founder of
waterskiing in Australia. The Hawkesbury River is constantly alive with waterskiers,
boat enthusiasts and now national events throughout the year.
past many years, the buildings you see today have either been donated or paid
for. Each building within The Village was a ‘different deal ‘.
McLachlan passed away only 1 year after opening The Australiana Village followed
by his beautiful wife Marie McLachlan in 2003. They are both at rest at The
Australiana Pioneer Village in front of St Phillip’s Church.
community have always challenged for The Village to remain opened. The gates
were closed for 10 years until Australia Day 2011 when The Village came alive
with local people, TV crews, Antique Machinery and children.
Today, history still lives with the passion of a vibrant
volunteer committee including dedicated people that have been volunteers for 30
or more years. We trust that you will enjoy
The Australiana Pioneer Village as
we do !
Proud to Preserve The Past
President: - Kerry Gannell
Vice President: Chris McLachlan
Secretary: Karen Noel
Treasurer: Diane Ross
Public Officer: Diane Ross
Publicity Officer: Danielle Dibley
Grounds and building maintenance:
Bob Nagle, Marjorie Clarke, Lyn Ross & Ian Clarke
Volunteer co-coordinator: Marjorie Clarke
Bookings Clerk: Helen Scotland & Karen Noel
Education Programme Co-ordinator - Susanne Nelson
If you wish to volunteer, please complete our
membership form from the attached link
or contact us at
Our next Working Bee will be advertised soon !
We look forward to you joining us