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Port Pirie Cultural Precinct

Port Pirie Arts Centre, Country Airstrips Australia

Located at 3 Marie Elie Street, the Cultural Precinct is a combination of the city’s Visitor Information Centre, an Arts Centre, the Shakka the Shark Exhibition and an interactive Virtual Reality Shark Cage Dive.

The building is a clever combination of the city’s maritime history – the front is designed in the shape of a ship’s bow – and the railways with the paving and dog spikes on the entrance ramp. The building also provides information about the history and heritage of Port Pirie. The building also contains a replica of a 5.5 metre white pointer shark which was caught near Port Germein and an interactive simulation of what it is like to be in a shark cage when a shark attacks.

Port Pirie Historic and Folk Museum

Port Pirie Historic and Folk Museum, Country Airstrips Australia
Port Pirie Railway Station (1902) now a museum

Located on Ellen Street, this remarkable building – the Port Pirie Railway Station (1902) combined with the Customs House (1882) and the Central Police Station (1882) is now the Port Pirie Historic and Folk Museum.

The old Customs House (1882) has been developed so it looks like a house from around 1900. The old Railway Station (1902) contains a scale model of Port Pirie’s smelters and a blacksmith’s display. And the old Police Station (1892) has been developed so the south side is a series of miniature shopfronts. It is open from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm Monday to Friday and Sunday 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm.
Tel: (08) 8632 3435.

Port Pirie RSL Military Museum

Port Pirie Military Museum, Country Airstrips Australia

Located in the Port Pirie RSL on The Terrace and opened in 2009, the Military Museum ranges across all conflicts, from the Boer War to the war in Afghanistan, focusing on personal stories and memorabilia which has been donated by the families of servicemen and women. The museum includes the kit bag of the soldier given the first regimental number in the Australian Imperial Forces; a Dead Man’s Penny sent to the relatives of fallen soldiers; a rare and unusual German Woven Paper Work Coat; a metal photo frame made from a dixie by a Japanese prisoner of war – the engraving achieved from a nail sharpened on a piece on concrete; diaries and personal relics from “Rats of Tobruk” soldiers; postcards and native garments from Somalia, limited edition statue and story of  Horrie the Wog Dog – a four legged War Hero, medals, badges, trench art and original uniforms are always on display.

There is also an exhibit recording the history of Number 2 Bombing and Gunnery School RAAF in Port Pirie during World War II.  No 2 B.A.G. was opened in June 1941 and by November 1943, 3,500 airmen had passed through the school.  Many of the RAAF crews who flew from Britain across Europe in Lancaster and Mosquito aircraft trained in Port Pirie. For more details check out http://community.history.sa.gov.au/port-pirie-rsl-military-museum.
It is open from 11.00 am – 4.00 pm Monday to Saturday and 11.00 am – 2.30 pm Sunday.
Tel: (08) 8633 1448.