New South Wales
Jindera - looking south in the main street
|Elevation:||304 m (997 ft)|
|LGA:||Greater Hume Shire|
Jindera // is a town in the South West Slopes section of the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia. The town is situated in the Greater Hume Shire local government area, 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) north of the regional centre of Albury. At the 2011 census, Jindera had a population of 1,809 residents.
Jindera's chief attraction is the Pioneer Museum, which is contained within an old store and home that belonged to the pioneering Wagner family. The "store" is stocked with authentic goods of the 19th century, while the living area at the rear is furnished in the original style of the era.
Hamilton Hume and William Hovell were two early explorers who passed through the area, travelling from Sydney to Geelong in 1824. The township was originally known as "Dight's Forest", after John Dight who was a relative of Hamilton Hume. Although likely to be aboriginal, the origin of the place name "Jindera" is now obscure.
During the nineteenth century Jindera saw a substantial population of German Australians who had migrated to the Riverina in the 1860s, principally from South Australia.
Dight's Forest Post Office opened on 1 January 1870 and was renamed Jindera in 1885.
The Lutheran pioneers of 1868 had just arrived in Jindera after an overland trek from South Australia, when they erected a log cabin classroom which became St John’s Lutheran Primary School. Soon afterwards, Jindera Public school was established in 1876. Jindera Public School moved to its current premises in 1972. In 2009, the St Mary MacKillop College, Albury opened in the grounds of St Mary's Church, Jindera.
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