Bingara Historical Museum Complex

Bingara has several heritage buildings the earliest of which was the Post Office Hotel, now the Bingara Historical Society Museum Complex which dates from the 1860’s.

The Museum complex comprises several buildings, the main one was originally the Post Office Hotel.  The museum is of slab construction with a puddled iron roof and was constructed from pit sawn and hand adzed local cypress timber.  Built in 1860, it was occupied continuously until 1970, and was a private home since World War I.

Bingara Post Office Hotel & Medical Centre
[Bingara Post Office Hotel & Medical Hall (right).  Note the coffin ready to be loaded onto the hearse.  Probably not the best advert for a Medical Hall.]

The Post Office Hotel was one of the first 11 buildings in Bingara and comprised 11 rooms, separate kitchen, plus stables. Presently it is furnished as a private home.

Other buildings in the grounds include the relocated Boonda subsidised school and blacksmith shop, where the infamous bushranger ‘Thunderbolt’ regularly had his horse shod.  A substantial collection of various horse-drawn equipment and other farming implements can also be found in the grounds.

Also on site is an office containing an extensive photo collection and the Gil Craig Gem and Mineral Museum which houses a fascinating collection which comprises fossils, minerals (Australia wide), sea shells and birds eggs.


Post Office Hotel Gallery


Boonda School & Blacksmith Shop gallery


The Bingara Museum is the home of the Bingara District Historical Society, which is the guardian of local history.  Members of the Historical Society are all volunteers, therefore set opening times are difficult to maintain. However, you may contact someone on the list below to arrange a visit.

Facilities include guided tours, shop and toilets, family history research.
Admission Charges

  • Individual:  $5
  • Families:  $10
  • Pensioner/Seniors Card/Bus Loads: $4

Opening Hours

  • Tuesday & Wednesday – 9.00am – 1.00pm
  • Saturday morning – 9.00am – 12.00pm

* Other times by appointment.

If the museum is unattended please call one of the following people who will arrange to meet you at the museum:

  • Jan Connolly (President)……………02 6724 1919
  • Russell Reading…………………………02 6724 1816 or 0429 180 337
  • Jean Robinson…………………………..02 6724 1300
  • Andrew Danby…………………………..02 6724 1495
  • Michael Evans……………………………0427 377 546

For further information contact the secretary Judi Peterson
Bingara & District Historical Society
PO Box 113
Bingara NSW 2404
Email: bingaramuseum@gmail.com

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