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Where would a town be without its pub? Well, not a town at all many would argue.
The elegance of the balconies belies the goings on inside the hotel but I did like the second pic with the farm plant parked right next door.
Updated Nov 18, 2007
Address: 11 Green Street
Phone: 02 6920 5109
It seems that whatever town you may be visiting, there's always something to catch the eye and, with this in mind, I often just go for a speculative wander. I'm rarely disappointed.
Here I opted to head north and walked around a couple of blocks. After driving for hours though drought ravaged countryside I couldn't help but be struck by the stark contrast of a verdant lawn or two (pics 1, 3, 4) all spread out in front of classic Aussie weatherboard structures.
It's hard to escape Aussie humour as well, never better highlighted by the nameplate on pic 5, while the practical verandah of the Aussie bush is shown clearly in pic 2, spreading out all around the house to keep the interior cooler in the hot Australian summers.
Written Dec 22, 2006
Here is a sampling of some of the old building that have retained their exterior, if not their original functions.
Written Dec 22, 2006
The first station in the area was 'Brookong' taken up by Henry Osborne in the 1840s but Cuthbert Fetherstonhaugh (love those English names) was its manager in the 1860s by and his memoirs “After Many Days” (1917) represent a first-hand account of the growth of the pastoral industry in the Riverina and provide a good reference point for same. His notable meeting with 'Blue Cap' the bushranger became the subject of a ballad by the relatively unknown poet Barcroft Boake, whose other job was a surveyor in the area in 1891.
Brookong was the site of a major shearer's strike in 1888; such strikes becoming the thing of folklore. The station owner, William Halliday, used his influence as a Member of the Legislative Council to draw Police Magistrate Henry Baylis from Wagga. His claim to fame is that he was once robbed by Mad Dog Morgan.
Aided by thirty policemen, he then read the shearers the Riot Act and arrested ten of them. Nine were found guilty and subsequently sentenced to prison with hard labour. Shearing continued with non-union labour under police protection.
Written Dec 16, 2006
There's a thing that towns in Australia vie for annually. It's called the Tidy Towns awards but there's several categories you can win.
Lockhart must hold the distinction of having more awards than any other town in Australia.
Personally I think it's a wonderful reflection of community spirit and more power to them I say.
All the awards are displayed on a brick wall at the western end of the town and, thinking ahead, they have plenty of room for more.
Written Dec 8, 2006
Favorite thing: This isolated hill rises 200m above surrounding countryside and is a nature reserve covering some 500 hectares. A road leads to the summit through natural bushland, which in springtime provides a colourful array of wattles, grevellias, hakeas, flowering eucalyptus, etc. A close inspection of ground cover on the upper area will reward the discerning eye with the perfection of tiny native orchids.
A lookout tower affords 360 degree panoramic views of the surrounding countryside which can be very colourful if you're there just before cropping time.
Walking tracks take in Morgans caves. These caves, we're reliably informed, were used by bushranger Daniel 'Mad Dog' Morgan as a refuge from the authorities.
Folklore has it that Galore Hill is indebted to early settler Henry Osborne for its unusual name. It is said that, after climbing to the top, Osborne shouted to the world: "There’s land enough and galore for me."
Sunrise to Sunset
Fondest memory: This is purported to be one of Australia's premier birding locations with a stated 140 differenty types spotted in the area.
Written Oct 31, 2011