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New South Wales
Jindera - south towards Albury.JPG
Jindera - looking south in the main street
Jindera is located in New South Wales
Coordinates35°57′0″S 146°54′0″E / 35.95000°S 146.90000°E / -35.95000; 146.90000Coordinates: 35°57′0″S 146°54′0″E / 35.95000°S 146.90000°E / -35.95000; 146.90000
Population1,809 (2011 census)[1]
Elevation304 m (997 ft)
LGA(s)Greater Hume Shire
State electorate(s)Albury
Federal Division(s)Farrer

Jindera /ˈɪndərə/ 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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4][5]

Dight's Forest Post Office opened on 1 January 1870 and was renamed Jindera in 1885.[6]

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.[7] In 2009, the St Mary MacKillop College, Albury opened in the grounds of St Mary's Church, Jindera.


Jindera has a wide variety of sporting interests ranging from Football, Netball, Darts, Choreographed dancing amongst many more. The Jindera Football and Netball club is the lifeblood of the community during the winter months. Kerry Bahr is the senior football coach with Andrew Schmidt being his senior assistant. The senior football team lost the Grand final against Osborne in the most recent 2017 season. Overall, the 2017 season was a successful one for the whole club with Sharna Holland winning the A grade netball Best & Fairest award, Alex Takle was Runner up in the Azzi Medal, Kerry Bahr winning the Junior Rising Star award and Blair Boyle being awarded Life membership of the Football club and Hume league. Choreographed dancing has been ingrained in the football club as well, with the reserve grade practicing pantomimes on a weekly basis. It is the extra range of movements and flamboyance that the Reserve coach put the 2017 premiership win down to. The Reserve grade team had a very successful year topping the season off with the 2017 premiership and a standing ovation at their last performance of 'Robin Hood - Men in Tights'.


Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Jindera (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Pioneer History of Albury Wodonga, Pioneer History of Albury Wodonga, retrieved 25 September 2009
  3. ^ The Age.com.au (2 August 2004), Jindera, Melbourne, retrieved 25 September 2009
  4. ^ Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2007) A Baunscheidt Homeopathic Medicine Kit in the Jindera Pioneer Museum. Studies in German Colonial Heritage (ISSN 1834-7797) nº 4, pp. 1-65
  5. ^ Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2007) German-Language Books in Jindera. An illustrated Catalogue of Items held by the Jindera Pioneer Museum. Albury, NSW: "{retro | spect}". 25 cm, x, 147 pp. ISBN 978-1-921220-02-9
  6. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 June 2009
  7. ^ Jindera Public School, School Information, retrieved 19 September 2009

External links[edit]

Media related to Jindera at Wikimedia Commons