Heritage celebrated at Australiana Pioneer Village

Braving the drizzle on the cold winter’s day, large family gatherings still enjoyed the amazing performances by ‘Convict Footprints’ as they brought colour and life to various scenes around the Village, along with the Village volunteers. Performances were held through the Village streets as well as at the Old School House and the Church, where a ‘wedding’ was held amidst much comedy from the Captain and the convicts. Children even helped find or defend the convicts who stole money during the old-time ‘bank robbery’.

Councillors also came along on the day, visiting the many heritage buildings in the Village, watching the blacksmithing demonstrations and going to the Damper Camp for refreshments.

A convict camp was set up with a pillory and trivet, and visitors enjoyed many fun and exciting colonial games throughout the day. Council sponsored Convict Footprints, the colonial games and provided an information tent to help promote tourism in the Hawkesbury.

Australiana Pioneer Village is open every Sunday, and has machinery displays, horse carriage rides and carts, homemade damper, a working blacksmith, sheep shearing, wood turning and more.

Australiana Pioneer Village is located at 10 Rose Street, Wilberforce Entry $5 Adults, Children under 5 free, over 5 years $3, Family $15. Visit http://theapv.org.au/village or https://www.facebook.com/theapv.org.au or call 4575 1777 for more information.

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