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    The cemetery

    by globetrott Written Mar 18, 2012

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    The cemetery of Nelligan is a bit outside of the village, it is best to drive there by car !
    Some of the graves are in the woods, some are spread over the hill. I had a little walk around that cemetery because I was looking for european names and inscriptions.
    Be carefull, where you step, I almost had a severe problem with some insects - read more about it in my "Danger & Warning-tips" !

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    The Military Museum

    by globetrott Written Mar 17, 2012

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    The Military Museum of Uralla is obviously a private project, and unfortunately it was closed already, when I passed by. I am not too much into military things, but I still stoped for some pics and took a look into one of the windows - see my last photo !
    There are some more pics on the museum's webpage below !

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    Thunderbolt's Rock

    by globetrott Written Mar 17, 2012

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    Thunderbolt's Rock is an impressive rock outside of the village of Uralla and it is also a good place for a rest with a lot of places to park your car and there are benches and even a picknick-table. Maybe it might even be a place to spend the night in your motorhome.
    Obviously Thunderbolt was hiding in that area and this is where that name comes from.

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    Thunderbolt's Grave

    by globetrott Written Mar 17, 2012

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    Thunderbolt's Grave is a bit out of the town-centre, maybe its best to take a look at the map that you will get at the tourist information-centre (next to the thunderbolt-monument!)
    You will be able to park your car directely at the cemetery and will find the grave right at the entrance ! Take a look around for other graves as well, you will even find celtic crosses there like in Ireland (My last picture)

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    Wollongong is just about 10km from Nan Tien temple

    by globetrott Written Mar 15, 2012

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    Wollongong is just about 10km from this temple and so you can combine both places into a daytrip from Sydney or another place closeby.
    Wollongong has some interesting architecture in the old part of the city, great beaches, a lighttower and lots of good shopping-facilities for tourists !
    Read more about it in my Wollongong-page!

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    the old wooden churchhouse

    by globetrott Written Feb 21, 2012

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    You will find a lot of churches in Murrurundi and this one - next to the town-museum - was turned into a museum as well and an exhibition-hall. They had a bridal exhibition there inside that church and I was able to take some photos of its interior through the windows.

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    the first town well and pump

    by globetrott Updated Feb 21, 2012

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    This was the very first well and pump of Murrurundi and it was built at this place, in the very centre of the village in 1844. It was place to take the water from there into the houses and in the 1920s this trough was added for animals, mainly dogs and horses. You will find this well next to the church of the "Uniting Church" and opposite of the museum.
    In my last 3 pictures: The "Uniting Chrurch"

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    the interior of the catholic church

    by globetrott Written Feb 8, 2012

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    This is the interior of the catholic church of Harden / Murrumburrah and what I found very interesting there is some kind of a carpet introducing different local families and their members - read more about it in my travelogues !

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    the area around the train-station

    by globetrott Updated Feb 8, 2012

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    This might be a place of interest for all enthousiasts for trains and everything beeing connected with them: I saw this building right behind the men's shed, it is obviously out of order and most of its windows are broken now.
    In my last picture you can see a crane that was obviously also used to load trains in ancient times.
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    @KIWI: in my 2nd picture you can see the backside of the men's shed and the high grass growing on the side of the train-station, just in case that you want to mow the grass there ! ;-)

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    Stroud is just about 12km from Dungog

    by globetrott Written Jan 23, 2012

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    Once that you came so far off the beaten path in New South Wales as Dungog, do yourself a favour and drive on another 12 km in order to get to Stroud, a historical village founded already in 1824. You will see some great buildings there and the famous Monkerai bridge, the 2nd oldest wooden bridge of its kind in New South Wales.
    In Stroud you will also find a good resting-place, where you can park your camper overnight (my last photo here).

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    Dungog - just about 12km from Stroud

    by globetrott Updated Jan 22, 2012

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    Dungog is another village in that area that I found quite interesting for some great local architecture, one of the oldest cinemas in Australia and a lot more. You will pass by this village when you drive to Stroud from the west and the distance to Stroud is about 12km from Dungog.
    So maybe you should calculate half an hour or so for a stroll through this village as well, they also have a good supermarket, while shopping in Stroud is rather limited.

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    Monkerai Bridge

    by globetrott Written Jan 21, 2012

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    Monkerai Bridge was actually the reason for me to drive to Stroud, but when I got there, the bridge was closed due to some repairs after heavy rainfalls and besides of this, the road to Monkerai Bridge was unsealed, so I was not allowed to drive there in my rental car.
    This bridge dates back to the year 1882 and comprises 6 spans with an overall length of 98,4 meters

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    Clarence Town Bridge

    by globetrott Written Jan 21, 2012

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    Clarence Town Bridge (The "Brig" O' Johnston) is the oldest timber truss bridge in New South Wales, and it is dating back to the year 1880. This bridge is still in use nowadays for everyday trafic. There is a oneway system on that bridge, so you have to make sure, no other car is oncoming while you drive on that bridge. At the southern end of the bridge you will find a small car-parking, from where you can walk under the bridge and take photos there, like I did.
    Clarence-bridge is about 20km south of Stroud.

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    Rebecca Shield's grave

    by globetrott Written Dec 24, 2011

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    The 3rd grave that might be of some interest for tourists is the one of Rebecca Shields, she was the great grand-niece of Captain Cook.
    All of the 3 graves of interest are pretty close to each other, and when you enter the cemetery through the main entrance you will also find sign-posts, how to get there.
    A map of the cemetery is in my 3rd picture here.

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    see the grave of Kate Foster / Kate Kelly

    by globetrott Updated Dec 24, 2011

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    Not far from Ben Hall's grave you will find the grave of Catherine Ada Foster, who was better known as Kate Kelly, and she was the legendary sister of Ned Kelly. She was no criminal like Ben Hall, but rather a victim by some local policeman, just like Ned Kelly, read more about this story in my links below !
    My other pics: the cemetery is divided into different parts, according to their religion, so there is a jewish part as well with some interesting tombstones.This is a link to the story in english
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    This is a link to the story in german

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