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A tribute to an English birthplace, the farming town of Thornbury lies on the east bank of the Aparima River. Settled in 1856 by Mathew Instone and Robert Foster, the town soon became a hive of economic activity. With the opening of the railway in 1879 the villiage boasted hotels, a saddlery shop, blacksmith, a dairy factory, bank, store, refreshment rooms, churches, a hall and school.

To experience a real taste of yesteryear, visit the Thornbury Vintage Tractor and Implement Club Museum. Many rare tractors and machinery have been restored to their former glory. Local farming memorabilia and the district's first fire engine - the Bedford "Green Goddess" - are also displayed. The museum opens on public holidays, Sunday afternoons during the tourist season or by arrangement.



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