The Australiana Pioneer Village will absorb you into the atmosphere
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.
Bill and 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.
Over the past many years, the buildings you see today have either been donated or paid for. Each building within The Village was a ‘different deal ‘.
Bill 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 Mathew’s Church.
The local 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 volunteers
Village Business Manager - John Gollan
Committee 2014 / 2015
President: - Kevin Weeks
Vice President: - Jim Scotland
Treasurer: Bob McKinnon
Secretary: - Jacqueline Turnbull
Publicity & Marketing Officer: -
Grounds & Buildings : - Marjorie Clarke
Bookings Co-ordinator:- Helen Scotland
Events Co-ordinator: - Joanne Weeks
Wedding Co-ordinator: Louise Dewar
Carriage Co-ordinator: Mark Windberg
Grants Co-ordinator - Gae Parmenter
Events Team Staff - Robyn Laurenson & Valmai Turnbull
Livestock Staff: Lisa Clarke, Mandy Clarke & Majorie Clarke
Special Projects: Chris McLachlan
Memberships Co-ordinator: Nick Bailey
VOLUNTEERS & MEMBERS WANTED
The Australiana Pioneer Village would like to invite you to join our growing Village, dress up, be part of the crowd, assist with fun games for the kids, participate in the street show or simply encourage our visitors to enjoy the atmosphere of our Heritage Listed Open Air Museum.
If you wish to volunteer, please complete our
membership form from the attached link
APV Membership Application Form
or contact us at
Our next Working Bee will be advertised soon !
We look forward to you joining us