The Melrose Heritage Museum is an attractive complex of buildings comprising the town’s original police station, courthouse, prison cells and stables built in 1862.
Discover this area’s unique history through interpretive displays and audiovisual presentations. Learn about the Nukunu Aboriginal people, their way of life and their language told in their own words. Experience all aspects of European settlement from 1844 when the police and judiciary were first established, when copper was found in the local hills and copper mining caused a growth in the area, and Goyder’s Line, which differentiates between the sure land and that which suffers most in droughts, was first surveyed and the closer agricultural settlement which took place when the law about Goyder’s line was removed.
Discover the story of the First and Second World Wars, encapsulating the Aussie spirit that took our men off shore to protect our country, and find out about Melrose itself – referred to in the 1800s as ‘the Emporium of the North’.