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    HISTORIC STROUD

    by balhannah Updated Jan 24, 2012

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    STROUD..... This small town is one where time has stood still, the whole town is classified by the National Trust, and there still is only a population of 600 calling Stroud home!
    It is nestled in the pretty Karuah Valley, only 219 km north of Sydney by road, 75 km north-east of Newcastle.

    English people probably recognize the name, and yes, it was named by a man named Dawson after the English town of the same name, as the area was very similar to the countryside of Gloucestershire (hence the naming of Gloucester to the north).

    One event of importance here, was in 1847 ether was used as an anaesthetic for the first time in Australia at the Stroud hospital which stood opposite St John's Church.

    A MUST DO IS THE HERITAGE WALK.

    The heritage buildings are all signposted with green signs.
    Many of Stroud's old buildings have been preserved, with the oldest being convict-built.

    Guided tours of the area can be arranged for groups...contact (02) 4994 5400

    To do the heritage walk on your own, pick up the heritage walk brochure from the newsagency at the corner of Cowper St (the main through-road) and Memorial Ave.
    The town is small enough to cover on foot and the pamphlet also deals with the heritage areas to the north and south of Stroud.

    Stroud Post Office, built 1884
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    lovely houses in colonial style

    by globetrott Updated Jan 22, 2012

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    When walking through Stroud, you will see a lot of lovely houses in colonial style like the ones in my picture. Stroud is a village that is spread over quite a large area, but the part that I am talking about in this VT-page is the so-called "historic" part of Stroud around of the old Post-office & the Central Hotel.

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    The Anglican Church & cemetery

    by globetrott Updated Jan 22, 2012

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    The Anglican Church was unfortunately not open, while I was in Stroud, but at least I could take a closer look at the cemetery around that church. In that quite small village with not more than 500 inhabitants I also saw a roman catholic church and a uniting church.

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    The Stroud gate & fences

    by globetrott Updated Jan 21, 2012

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    All of the village of Stroud once was surrounded by a fence in order to protect the early settlers against wildlife. There is not much left of that fence, but recently they set up again a replica of the town-gate next to the hotel, a great idea !

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    Quambi House

    by globetrott Written Jan 19, 2012

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    Quambi House was built in 1831 by Sir Edward Perry, who was the Superintendant of the Australian Agricultural Company, as a school-house for the village and as accomodation for the school-master.

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    Silo Hill

    by globetrott Written Jan 19, 2012

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    Silo Hill was a store for pest-free storage of grain and other products inside of underground-silos that were built into the hill in the year 1841. These silos are empty nowadays, but some of them may be visited.
    On that hill you will also see 2 cannons now, that were built in England in 1855 and were shipped to Australia in order to defend Sydney in the Crimean War.

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    Watch out for the great shopping-fronts

    by globetrott Updated Jan 19, 2012

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    I really loved some of the old shopping-fronts, beautifully decorated with colorfull glasses and great decorations like shown in my pictures here. And unlike many other villages in NSW most of these shops are still opened, while in the rest of thr country about 80% of the shops in the smaller villages are emptied and for sale.

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    Stroud House

    by globetrott Written Jan 19, 2012

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    The Stroud House was built between 1828 and 1832 by the Australian Agricultural company for their local commissioners and it is without doubt one of the most beautiful buildings that you will find in Stroud. This building is privately owned nowadays.
    My last picture: another lovely building close to Stroud House.

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    The old postoffice

    by globetrott Updated Jan 19, 2012

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    This is the old postoffice of Stroud and it dates back to the year 1826. It is still used by the post-office and has another shop there as well. My last picture: take a look into the gardens of Stroud and you will find a lot of great surprises !b.t.w. hidden in this wheel is the post-box - read more about it in my local-customs-tips !

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    The Bowen Chambers

    by globetrott Written Jan 19, 2012

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    The Bowen Chambers is an insurance-company and their house is worth seeing as well for tourists. With its clocktower I first thought it would be the postoffice. My favorite of this buildiong is the quite unique entrancegate, that you will see here in my main picture !

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    The old courthouse of Stroud

    by globetrott Updated Jan 19, 2012

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    The old courthouse of Stroud dates back to the year 1876 and it was built on the place of a much older courthouse that had been built in 1826, when the first settlers came to Stroud.
    This building is a museum nowadays and it is open for the public daily between 11.00am and 03.00pm.

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    STROUD HOUSE

    by balhannah Written Feb 26, 2010

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    Stroud House is another building built by the AAC. It started as a single-storey building in 1828, and was added to in 1832 to become a two-storey building. Further additions were made in 1873. It served as a guesthouse for the company superintendents. From 1873 it was used by the Bank of Australia and 1926 it became, and still is, a private residence.
    The convict servants' quarters were in the cellar.

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    QUAMBI HOUSE - STROUD

    by balhannah Updated Feb 26, 2010

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    Quambi house is now a museum. It was built by convicts in 1831 to replace a small wooden hut that had functioned as the school building for the A. A. Company. [Australian Agricultural company]
    It was later enlarged in order to house the school masters with the top story being added in 1841. In 1888 it became a private school because a state school had then opened. Finally it became a private home in 1900 and was used as a private residence until 1973, when its name was changed to 'Quambi' ('place of shelter')

    The Museum contains furniture and photographs.
    Opening hours are 10am to 2pm Sundays or by arrangement.

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