After a two-year wait, the popular Vintage Rally returned to the Wimmera Mallee Pioneer Museum in Jeparit over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

Large crowds braved the cool conditions on both Saturday and Sunday to experience what this unique event has to offer.

A smoking ceremony and official opening by the Hindmarsh Shire Mayor, Melanie Albrecht, took place on Saturday afternoon.

The theme of this year’s thirteenth rally, Sharing our Memories, was expressed through a full program of working vintage machines, draught horse carriage rides, blacksmith and blade shearing displays, and presentations by local historians, all set against the backdrop of the Museum’s extensive collection of machinery, buildings, and everyday items, and several other visiting vintage vehicle displays.

Phil Molesworth gave a presentation entitled Dan Morgan holds up the Albacutya Homestead and one on pioneer John Coppock, Craige Proctor talked about pioneering women and the German settlement of the area, and Iain Sedgeman spoke on Kerosene lamps. Dale Conway gave a presentation on the Antwerp Eucalyptus Factory.

The Dimboola Historical Society presented a slideshow of historical slides from its collection, and a church service was held in the former Woorak church on Sunday morning.

The food vans and stalls made a brisk trade, and the trade stalls were also popular, as was the display by the Grampians Model Railroaders.

Some attendees took the opportunity to dress up in period costumes to embrace the spirit of the event, and along with the horse and carriage rides, the occasional drive past by a vintage tractor, and the live music by Jeff Woodward added to the atmosphere of the weekend.

Before the event Hindmarsh Shire Council Mayor, Cr Melanie Albrecht said, “It is wonderful that the Wimmera Mallee Pioneer Museum Annual Vintage Rally is back in 2022. The Museum is a treasure trove of local history, and the rally will attract visitors from far and wide. It will be enjoyable to see the community celebrate the historical period in costume.”