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    Another classic Federation style...
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    by iandsmith Written Oct 18, 2011

    Located on the Cookardinia Road just off the Olympic Highway, mid way between Wagga and Albury, this event is huge and well publicized throughout the farming community.
    More than 800 exhibitors featuring the latest in machinery, farm equipment, outdoors and camping, country lifestyle, farm produce, government and health services and household goods. A great day out for the whole family.Enjoy the Farm Gate produce area with tastings and demonstrations; Country Lifestyle pavilion with guest speakers and fashion parades; Natural Fibre Fashion Awards; working dog competition; Mowers on the Pulling Track; Special guest Dick Smith on the Tuesday; NSW Farmers Association Farm Inventor of the Year; HMFD Machine of the Year; working vintage machinery; Charles Sturt University site; crop trials; Kapooka Army Band on Tuesday; Scots School bands on Tuesday – all on a world class site with community run food outlets, coffee vans and picnic spots and plenty of car parking.
    If you're down there you might take time to have a look around the town and sight some of the nice architecture shown here.

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    Doodle Cooma Arms Hotel, Lutherans wouldn't enter

    by iandsmith Written Oct 18, 2011

    34 km west of Henty is the small village of Pleasant Hills (proclaimed in 1892). The township has won awards for the Lutheran Cemetery where the headstones are in German, the flora of the Esplanade in the centre of the village, and the public hall (1912). Made of local pine it features a mural, memorabilia and a barbecue site (the key is available from the store/post office). There is also a wattle-and-daub Lutheran Church built in 1888 and still in use today. Nearby is an old dam and some abandoned mine shafts from the goldmining days.

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    Hotel still bears the name right next to the rail

    by iandsmith Written Oct 18, 2011

    The first pastoral holding in the area was known as 'Dudal Cooma', taken up in 1866 by the Reighlan brothers. From Smyth's memorial stone you can see Doodle Cooma Swamp (2000 ha) a breeding area for waterbirds.
    When the railway arrived in 1880 the stop was called Dudal Cooma. However, it led to confusion with the town of Cooma in the Monaro district. The name was changed to Henty in 1891. It was the name of a family of merchants and pastoralists who had been involved in the development of Victoria and Launceston. Edward Henty had leased Round Hill station north of Gerogery (south of Henty) in the early 1860s and today the town bears his name.

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    Sign for the Pleasant Hills Road

    by iandsmith Written Oct 18, 2011

    Favorite thing: Henty is also famous for its connections with the bushranger Dan 'Mad Dog' Morgan. 2 km west of town on Pleasant Hills Rd that leads to Lockhart is a memorial stone on the site where Morgan shot Sergeant Thomas Smyth in September 1864.
    The new plaque, a bit of a balance to the seeming reverence that 19th century criminals are held in some parts, was erected by the NSW Police Service and reads 'A memorial to Senior Sergeant Thomas Smyth, aged 29. A member of the NSW Police Force shot by bushranger Dan Morgan in the surrounding hills on 4 September 1864. Senior Sergeant Smyth received a gunshot wound to his left shoulder and convalesced at the Imperial Hotel, Albury until 29 September 1864 where he haemorrhaged as a result of the gunshot wound and died. He is buried in an unmarked grave in the Albury cemetery. Dan Morgan was a murderer with a £1000 price on his head. Senior Sergeant Smyth gave his life while in the pursuit of Morgan who although a tourist attraction these days put fear in the people of the district in the 1860s.'

    Fondest memory: There is a more spectacular version on a billboard nearby but it is inaccurate in its account of events.
    Morgan had committed his second and third murders just a few months before he arrived in the Henty area. After the murders, and an outcry from the press, the reward for Morgan's capture was raised to £1000 and parties of special police were sent to track and capture him.
    Senior Sergeant Smyth was leading one of the parties but Morgan outwitted them (he claimed he had watched the campsite for some time) and fired into Smyth's tent fatally wounding the policeman

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