The general store of Montague Ellis, circa 1895. (NFA Collection)

Walking the History of Nuriootpa’s Main Street

There is far more to a country town than meets the eye. The European history of Nuriootpa is just 180 years old, but this “meeting place” goes back thousands of years, when surrounding First Nations people would gather here to trade, socialise and celebrate. This two hour walking tour focuses on the social history of Nuriootpa, from the stockmen, bullockies and blacksmiths of the 1840s to the emergence of a remarkable community that by the 1950s was held up as a model of cooperation and progressiveness. Starting from the Vine Inn, you will discover the evolution of Murray Street from stock route and trading post into the commercial hub of a flourishing agricultural region and a modern shopping centre. The tour ends with a Q&A session which includes a free drink and nibbles at the Vine Inn.

Presented by Chris Murphy