Terowie

Locality

Head to historic Terowie to explore its five museums and many historical buildings in its fascinating Main Street.

Founded in 1877 and a railway town until 1989, Terowie was founded as a farming and grazing community. Today, much of the Main Street remains as in the old days.

Terowie’s heritage-listed buildings including the Post Office, the Pioneer Gallery with local family photographs and histories, a small museum down Main Street with photographs and display of woman’s work, the Blacksmith Museum in the original Blacksmith Shop, and Simpson Museum. Take a self guided walking tour or self drive tour. The Terowie Citizens Association have been working hard for many years to restore Terowie to give people a look at how it was back in the good old days. There are now 31 places of interest for people to look at.

Terowie was a thriving stop in the late 1800s for people heading north and later became the change of gauge for the railways. The railways have since left and the town now stands as a well preserved display of early settlement with many of its historic buildings refurbished to their original state.

Terowie became a large military camp in 1941 -1946. In March 1942 General Douglas MacArthur gave his first Australian press interview in Terowie after leaving the Philippines. His most famous statement was “I came out of Bataan and I shall return”.

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