Gunning to Harden

Trip Start Jul 25, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

I am not going to bore you with all the details of my trip down memory lane searching for my ancestors, so this will be a kaleidoscope of places visited. I just want to get up to date with as many entries as possible, as this is becoming a long drawn out saga...of which not too many are still interested in anyway.

The old Police Barracks in Gunning was mentioned in the ABC series "Who's been sleeping in my house".

Apparently a woman and her lover 'gruesomely' killed her husband and she was locked up in the cells which are under the the story goes.

I stopped at Jugiong as many, many years ago I used to belong to the Renault Car Club and over a period of about 6yrs spent Australia Day long weekends there, along with approximately 150 other people vying for the prestigious honour of winning the best female motor Gymkhana competitor...the only thing still there is the pub, which once thrived on the passing traffic, now it opens Thursday to Saturday from 4 p.m. But they boast a full size pool, and a fantastic camping and picnic area.  


 The Gunning region was originally home to two Australian Aboriginal language groups, the Gundungurra people in the north and the Ngunnawal people in the south.

The region (specifically Gundaroo) was first explored by Europeans in 1820, and settled the next year by Hamilton Hume. In 1824, Hume and William Hovell left here to discover the overland route to Port Phillip Bay where Melbourne is sited. Land sales began in 1838. The nearby town of Dalton, now best known as the earthquake centre, was settled in 1847. In 1865, Bushranger Ben Hall and his gang held up Kimberley's Inn, and a constable was shot dead. Gunning was originally a coach stop, and service centre for the surrounding farms mainly growing Merino sheep. It had a police station and court house, post office, and school.


 The Yass area was first seen by Europeans in 1821, (an expedition led by Hamilton Hume) and by 1830 settlement had begun. It was founded where the nascent Sydney to Melbourne road crossed water in the form of the Yass River.Yass was incorporated as a District Council in 1843, and boasted a population of 274 by 1848. On 13 March 1873, the Municipal District of Yass was created, and James Cottrell was subsequently elected as the first Mayor of Yass.One of Australia's best-known poets, A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson arrived in the district in 1871 aged 7, passed his childhood in the district and later bought a property in the Wee Jasper area so that his children could experience country life. Poet and priest Patrick Hartigan (pen name: John O'Brien) was born near Yass in 1878 and he studied at the local convent school as a youth.Sir Walter Merriman established 'Merryville' one of the country's most famous sheep studs and arguably its leading fine-wool establishment in 1903. Yass is a prominent area for raising sheep which produce very fine wool due to the soil and climatic conditions of the Yass area. 
 Jugiong is a village community on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, in the central east part of the Riverina. It is situated just off the Hume Highway, by road, about 30 kilometres southwest from Bookham and 40 kilometres northeast from Gundagai.It was first settled in the 1820's when Henry O'Brien started grazing sheep on the Jugiong Run.Australian cricketer turned commentator Richie Benaud spent part of his early life there.Murrumburrah / Harden:Before European settlement the Harden area was inhabited by the Wiradjuri peopleHume and Hovell passed neaby in 1824. In the late 1820's, the 'Murrumburra' was established. Its superintendent, James Kennedy, established an inn on the townsite in the late 1840's. Gold was found in the area in the 1850s. In mid-1872 a traveller made the following comments about Murrumburrah, "a small township on the road to Lambing Flat":Murrumburrah has two churches, a school, three hotels, the same number of stores, and a good steam flour mill. The Roman Catholic Church is a fine stone building on a hill above the town, and looks very picturesque; the Wesleyan Chapel is a small wooden building. The principal hotels are Mr. Murphy’s and Mr. Dillon’s. The former owns the flour mill, a good brick building, three stories high. It may be mentioned that a good deal of wheat is grown in the district.A railway station was opened one km east of Murrumburrah on the Main Southern line in 1877 as Murrumburrah Station, but changed its name to Harden Station, the year after the opening of a new station in Murrumburrah in 1879. Harden has remained as the main station and, as a result, became the main town 
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