Located across the road from Sinclair park, is the striking Presbyterian Church, the town's second, built to a Gothic design of English bonded brick in 1878.
It is a nice looking church, and has a tower, and slate roof with terracotta ridge-capping.
As with lots of Australian churches, it was not open for me to wander into.
I thought there were lots of very nice heritage buildings in Inverell, and a lot of them were in Otho Street.
Here are some of them.
Inverell Town Hall located in Otho street [photo 1]
Located at ....97 Otho street, Inverell, is the Inverell post office, built in 1904 by a colonial architect, Walter Liberty Vernon. [photo2 ]
Court House.....Is brick-rendered, and the town's fourth. It was built in 1886-89 and has an impressive clock tower. The interior furnishings, joinery and woodwork are of red cedar.
It has been restored to its original colours. [photo 3]
Oxford Hotel 1886 [photo 4]
Chemist shop [photo 5]
Also located in Sinclair Park, is this very different Memorial. It has special lighting which allows the memorial to be viewed at night.
The Bicentennial Memorial features a series of panels depicting the history of the Inverell area. They are organised into three courtyards, the first depicting the era before European arrival in Australia, the second covering 1788-1888 and the third 1888-1988.
There is a mosaic map in the central concourse depicting the geographical features of the area that were known to the Aborigines before white settlement.
The Scottish Memorial Cairn is located at Sinclair Park,and pays tribute to the achievements and contributions made by the districts pioneers since the 1830's.
In, October 1999, in conjunction with Inverell's annual Sapphire City Festival, the Cairn was dedicated. It was also the year in which the Shire Council adopted the Clan Mitchell Tartan.
The students of Macintyre High School wear the Clan Mitchell Tartan.
A special feature of the memorial is the inclusion of two scottish stones of historical significance, both about 200 years that formally belonged to the original structures of the Scottish and Newcastle Brewery Headquaters.
One of the rocks broke in two on the flight from Scotland to Australia.
The cairn's side walls, provide locations where people of scottish descent can record their ancestors and later generations involvement in Inverell, by the attachment of individual Clan and/or Family Bronze plaques. The side walls contain silhouettes of a Scottish Piper and Scottish Highland Dancer.
Inverell is very proud of their Scottish heritage.
Copeton Dam is LARGE!................almost 3 times the size of Sydney Harbour when full.
The dam was built across the Gwydir River in 1976 and its primary use is for irrigation water storage.
Copeton Dam is known as a top Murray Cod, Golden Perch, Silver Perch, Redfin & Eel-Tailed Catfish fishery. Rainbow Trout are still taken in Gwydir River downstream of Copeton Dam.
Upstream of the lake, is some pristine gorge country that holds the odd Cod & Yellowbelly.
The river below the Dam holds some trout & is also a popular white water rafting location during water releases. This happens between the months of October to March below Copeton Dam.
I doubt if this would be available with the dam so dry at the moment
On our visit, it was 10% full, and still had enough water to last for 10 years.
Travelling on the scenic route 3, we drove across the Dam wall, this gave us real good views of the Dam.
On the other side were Toilets, and plenty of room for parking and viewing the Dam.
The Dam is surrounded with nice lawned areas for those summer picnics and boating.
No worries if you wish to stay. There is a large 939 hectare camping area, with many Amenities blocks scattered around the place. There is a kiosk (meals available) and laundry, 76 powered camping/caravan sites, Cabins, on-site vans, fuel sales and boat hire are also available. These facilities are located just a couple of kms to the south of the Dam Wall.
Is situated on the COPETON DAM RD 3Kms out of Inverell.
Stop by and browse through the shop which offers local crafts, arts, poteery and much more. Try some of the local honey or the gourmet mushroom products.
Feeling like a light refreshment? why not sit and relax while you enjoy a devonshire tea? Maybe an icecream or cold drink is more to your liking? or just stop by to look through the many crafts that are on sale.you may be surprised :)
Copeton is located in the western slopes of New South Wales. Situated about 550 Kms from Sydney and 440 Kms from Brisbane. It is 900 Hectares of recreational ground. You can go on day trips to look at all the wonders of nature or just relax by the blue waters of the dam.Why not try your hand at fishing? Copeton dam holds many species of fish including yellowbelly, cod, catfish and perch.But if fishing isnt your thing why not join them in the water for a bit of skiing.If you feel energetic why not a game of tennis.or golf..and the kids will have lots of fun at the adventure playground with water slide. Copeton has all this. And dont worry if you forgot to take something there is a general store there to buy whatever is needed.There are gas barbecues scatter all through the park so why not take your meat to throw on one?
For accomodation they have either cabins or caravans to rent. The cabins start at $90 a night and the caravans start at $45 a night. it doesnt matter what you decided to rent for the night or a weekend in the morning you will be greeted at your door step by the friendly kangaroos.
So if it is relaxation you want I would highly recommend this place for a day , a couple of nights or even a week.
Cattle are one form of animal life that has sustained rural properties in the area for as long as white man has been here.
The open-shut-open again abbatoirs on the hill on the west side of town have never had a shortage of beasts to slaughter though it's hard to think of them in that context when you view them in this rural setting on a balmy spring day.
Driving around is something I've done a lot of, and plan to do more of.
At times this can be a productive activity, especially if you're into photography as I am. This batch of four shots was taken within a short distance of one another on the Gwydir Highway, east of Inverell.
The first, pulsating in green, belies the presence of Australia's prolonged drought, as does the third with the wattle in full bloom and the fourth with lovely yellow flowers dominating the landscape.
Early spring is the best time to see the landscape like this.
I used to go to a restaurant here, located in this historical old bank building. Sadly, it closed down and hasn't re-opened. Then again, for two years, neither has anything else. Seems a bit of a waste actually.
These days I eat at the Riverside Restaurant, an idyllically located establishment that sits beside a park and the river, as if you hadn't guessed.
They serve nice fare in a lovely setting and get my vote as one of the places to eat in Inverell.
As I have explained elsewhere about Australia, if you're looking for the best buildings in a town, they tend to be public ones; usually the post office, court house, council building and banks.
This, as you would have already noted, is the court house and, done up with its new coat of paint, looks rather splendid. I hope you agree.
One of the things you will notice in the northern parts of the New England and North West of N.S.W. is the Chinese influence, particularly where minerals and gems are concerned.
There are stores and decendants of the original settlers still in the area. It is also clear from shop fronts such as this that they prospered in the area.
At a common crossing point on the Macintyre River in 1853, Colin and Rosana Ross established a store to sell to the early travellers headed to the Darling Downs, a noted agricultural area.
A water-driven flour mill and a hotel were set up soon after and, today, Ross Hill bears their name and some nearby streets were named after their children.
A townsite was mooted to be laid out in 1855 and by 1859 there was a Presbyterian church, to satisfy the mainly Scottish contingent, two stores, two inns and a collection of bark huts and tents. By 1861it was boom times - the population had reached 177!
The early days saw mainly sheep herding, merinos being the wool of choice, but from 1866 small selectors moved into the area and added wheat-farming to the agenda.
Mineral mining, in the form of tin, was inspired by a find at Elsmore to the east and, by 1875, 500 men were employed at the Inverell mine, many Chinese among them. Subsequently the town entered a period of strong growth, becoming a municipality in 1872.
Diamonds were the forerunner of the gemstones that the district is famous for today. First discovered at Copes Creek in 1875, they were mined at Copeton for around 50 years. Other minerals, metals and gems were soon being mined, including bauxite, lead, silver, sapphires and zircons. The population jumped from 1212 in 1881 to 5131 in 1911.
The city in the 21st century is still famous for its sapphires and the Sapphire City Floral Festival is a celebration of the arrival of spring. It lasts a week with a street parade, a ball, fireworks, displays, competitions and other activities. The Sapphire City Markets are held on the third Sunday of each month and the Hobby Markets on the first Sunday in Campbell Park, by the river.
This pic reflects the agricultural heritage of the town. One side of the showground gateway depicts fleece, this is the other.
Inverell, a town with a chequered past to say the least. The abbattoir has had more lives than a cat. Today it still produces meat but it's been like a revolving door with owners the last 30 years.
Inverell is situated on a bend in the Macintyre River, at times a barely flowing stream, 590 m above sea-level and 690 km north of Sydney. It has a population of around 10, 000 and is essentially a service centre to a mixed farming district.
Mining has been a staple of the area since the 1870s with tin, sapphires, zircons and diamonds all being commercially exploited though the surrounds are well known and promoted as a fossicking district, producing topaz, quartz, silver, diamonds, agate, petrified wood, rhodonite, tourmaline and lead, as well as the commercial ores and gems.
The Inverell area has also long been a source of much of the world's sapphire supply.
Before white settlement the Jukambal, a sub-group of the Murri people, occupied the land. The first whites in the district were probably convicts who escaped chain gangs in the Hunter Valley. When white settlers arrived the convicts sometimes received pardons in return for acting as guides and interpreters but there are also terrible stories of abuse, such as the nearby Myall Creek massacre where aboriginals were wantonly slaughtered.
Alan Cunningham, one of Australia's noted early explorers, became the first European to pass through the district on his trip to the Darling Downs in 1827. The first selection in the immediate area (Byron Station) was taken up where the Macintyre and Swanbrook Rivers join by Alexander Campbell c.1836, on behalf of the McIntyre Estates in Scotland. He was so impressed that he soon took up 50, 000 acres himself on the other side of the river, naming his property 'Inverell', a Gaelic word meaning 'the meeting-place of the swans', which were apparently quite common in the 1830s. The property still exists, albeit greatly reduced, to the north of the town.