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Deloraine and Districts Folk Museum



The Deloraine & Districts Folk Museum provides a fascinating insight into our regions pioneering past.

The Folk Museum encompasses the Family & Commercial Inn built in 1863 with the Inn set up as it may have been when the publican lived in it. A Pioneer village consisting of reclaimed and reproduction heritage buildings showcasing the lives and farming equipment of early settlers is set in lovely fragrant gardens of English flowers and native trees.

Regular small displays and temporary expo's are curated for community enjoyment.

A public space for history and family research is available for free. There are some amazing resources to assist you with project and family tree research.

Current Displays:

‘Past the Post’ Exhibition.

In partnership with the Meander Valley Council we are proud to present ‘Past the Post’, an exhibition showcasing Deloraine’s extraordinary horse racing history.

This exhibition serves to celebrate the people and horses whose legacy has helped shape our community. The massive crowds that gathered every Easter to watch live steeple racing, the great horses, fearless jockeys and passionate owners & trainers.

Horse racing in the Meander Valley permeated every strata of society for generations. Hotels, bakeries, blacksmiths, farriers, saddleries, milliners, fashion houses and the railways. Individuals such as vets, broadcasters, journalists, photographers, administrators, feed-stock farmers, horse breeders and breakers, bookies, strappers and stable-hands all contributed to and benefitted from the Sport of Kings.

Horse racing officially began in 1853 when a small committee was formed, a tract of land on the Alveston Estate was loaned from James McArthur and Deloraine had its first official racecourse. The inaugural meeting took place over two days in March and so began a glorious 152 year history.

There were time-honoured races like the Deloraine Cup, the Meander Cup, the Epsom Handicap, the Tasmanian Derby, the Grand National Hurdle and of course, the Grand National Steeplechase.

In 1928, when log fences were replaced by live sod and gorse steeples, Deloraine’s unique racing character came of age.

This exhibition invites you to step back in time to discover or remember a unique and highly significant cornerstone of our community.

Curated by museum volunteers with wonderful support from the racing community, this exhibition is open to the public from 9 - 5 every day. Jimmy Possum Display

Who was the real Jimmy Possum? See some bush chairs surrounding the mystery and discover clues about Tasmania's most mythical innovator.

For more information on Jimmy Possum please see the links below:

The man, the mystery, the chair: Who was Jimmy Possum?

Tasmanian Tuxedo: #47 Who was Jimmy Possum?

The Sewing Room Display.

A quaint display of early vintage full size and miniature sewing machines. Marvel at their beauty and purpose. Most of the machines in this exhibit are hand crank versions including a rare, early treadle machine. The sewing machine display is free.

Other displays include milling in Meander Valley and vintage cameras.

For a fun day out, bring the kids, bring grandad, there is something for everyone.

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In 1972 Mrs. Alma Bramich donated the Inn and grounds to the community of Deloraine to help preserve the history of the pioneers of the area and as a tribute to them. The restoration of the property was carried out by the Deloraine Group of the National Trust, Rotary Club, Meander Valley Council and many community members.

Museum entry is $10.00 per ticket, $8.00 for concession, $20.00 family (2A, 2C). Children are $4.00 under 16. Groups of 10 or more are $6.00 per head. Coach parking is available at the front door together with disabled public facilities.

Keep a lookout on Facebook for special promotions throughout the year and school holiday programs.

Yarns Artwork in Silk is included in your ticket. The Museum is co-located with the Great Western Tiers Visitor Centre.

We are a registered learning organisation with the Children's University.

Useful link: www.westburyhistorical.org

Hours: Open 7 days from 9am to 5pm. Winter weekend hours may vary.

Contact details

Phone: 03 6362 5280

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Map & Directions

98-100 Emu Bay Rd, Deloraine TAS 7304, Australia


500 metres to Deloraine Post Office. 49 kilometres to Launceston. 48 kilometres to Devonport.