After two years of not being able to hold the event, the Wimmera Mallee Pioneer Museum at Jeparit will come alive again this June long weekend for their Vintage Rally.

The museum committee is excited to bring back the event this year with the theme of “Sharing our Memories” over the weekend of Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June.

The Wimmera Mallee Pioneer Museum holds Australia’s largest range of agricultural machinery from the 1890s to 1940s, including locally manufactured machinery ranging from cultivating machines to harvesters. The displays demonstrate the hardships and ingenuity of the pioneering agricultural heritage of the region, with the centrepiece being the extensive collection of vintage Massey Fergusson tractors.

The museum’s displays of heritage buildings, furniture, household items and memorabilia capture the feel of yesteryear and immerse the visitor in the pioneering atmosphere of farming life in the early 1900s.

Buildings in the museums collection come from across the district including the old Detpa School, Woorak West Methodist Church, Werrap Hall, and Tarranyurk Hall - which turned 100 last week.

The first Vintage Rally was held in 2008 in an attempt to raise awareness of the historic assets located at the Museum that has often been described as one of Australia’s best-kept secrets. The annual Vintage Rally has grown to become the premier event of the year for the museum and allows visitors to see key exhibition items in action.

This year the rally will have guest presentations by local historian Phil Molesworth on the pioneer John Coppock; Craige Proctor talking about pioneering women and the German settlement of the area; and the Dimboola & District Historical Society will be presenting a slideshow of historical slides from its collection.

Many more activities, stalls and displays are planned for the weekend. Keep up to date on all these on the Wimmera Mallee Pioneer Museum and Visit Hindmarsh Facebook pages.