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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
Coordinates 35°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
Population 1,809 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2642
Elevation 304 m (997 ft)
LGA(s) Greater Hume Shire
County Goulburn
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.


Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Jindera (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  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]

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