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In Uralla - a small village in NSW bushrangers get a monument, a museum & more ! In the times of the big gold-rush in New South Wales there had been many robbers and bushrangers, who tried to make their living by robbery and Thunderbolt was one of them.
His full name was Frederick Wordsworth Ward. He was born 1835 as the son of a former convict, and he called himself Captain Thunderbolt. He was also well known as "gentleman bushranger"
Inside the old Mill you will find a great museum, that is dfeaturing mainly the life and death of Captain Thunderbolt plus other people and early settlers in this part of Australia that was founded in 1855.
Daily 12 noon – 5.00pm
Weekends & Holidays 10.00am – 5.00pm or by appointment.
Adults pay $6.00
Other Contact: FAX: (02) 6778 3303
Phone: (02) 6778 3022
Murrumburra is one of the many small villages that I passed through while heading to other places and I am glad I made a stop of some time to explore places like this !
In my 1st pic: The Mechanic institute of 1879 is one of my favorite buildings in Harden / Murrumburrah. Unfortunately I have no idea what that kind of institute was used for, but obviously it played an important role in the development of Australia in the days of the early settlers, as you will find such institutes in all of early settlers villages and these buildings always look very impressive.
In my 2nd pic: You will find a lot of quite interesting buildings from the early days of Australian settlements, when you simply take a walk between the catholic church (that you will easily find, when taking the main road through the village) and the train-station and all you have to calulate for this is maybe 1 hour or a bit more.
In my 3rd pic: a supermarket with some local aboriginal art that I found not far from the catholic church of Harden / Murrumburrah: you will see there a lot of local animals painted in the style of the local aboriginies.
Welcome to Wiradjuri Country (maybe thats the aboriginal name for that area) is the total inscription and in my last picture you can see that supermarket with all of these paintings.
My last 2 pics: It is really a pity to see so many shops beeing closed nowadays and for sale, but it is always great to see how ceverly the shopping-streets were covered by arcades, that gave protection against the heavy sun and certainly also against heavy rainfalls.
Binalong : a great car-collection
The carmuseum in Binalong is really worth a little detour in my opinion, even when it is just a small private collection of cars and it has a few very rare examples like for instance a racingcar, built in Binalong and the one and only Bugatti that I saw in any museum in NSW so far.
This museum is not always open for the public, so maybe you better phone in advance ! When I first passed by on a sunday the signpost said: open Mon, Wed & Friday, when I came back on Monday the signpost said: open daily...
The gate of this private property will be closed anyway and you should not hesitate to step inside the garden, walk around the house and ring the bell for the museum.
I payed 5 AUS Dollars for the entrancefee and was able to walk around the museum on my own.
You will find some more photos of this car-collection in the travelogues of my Binalong-page !
When you arrive from YASS, the museum will be on the left as one of the first buildings of this tiny village and there are good signposts as well ! Oliver Street is the official adress !
Other Contact: Fax: 02 - 6227 4251
Phone: 02 - 6227 4251
Wallabadah & the monument for the first fleet
Wallabadah is a small village - along the mainroad from Tamworth to Willow Tree and finally to Newcastle - where you will find Australia's only monument for all of the members of the first fleet of settlers coming to Australia in 1788. Most of them were convicts and you will find all their names and also the kind of crime they were found guilty for !
Another list shows the names of the ships-officers and sailors and all of their family-members sailing with them and even a list of all material taken from great Britain to Australia in order to cultivate the land.
The journey took quite some time: The ships left Great Britain on May 13th, 1787 and arrived in Australia in January 26th, 1788.
In case that you travel with a tent, caravan or motorhome:
there is a great campingsite next to that monument
and its free of charge !
read more about it in my accomodation-tips !
South of Glen Innes you will pass through a small village called Stonehenge and its best tourist-attraction are The balancing rocks. You will find signposts along the road and a good parking-space as well next to the road. It is a pity that it was heavily raining that day, otherwise I would have tried to walk closer to these rocks. The distance from the road to the rocks might be around 500 meters !
The townhall of Glen Innes
Glen Innes is a nice town that I found accidentally and I was surprised by the great architecture of some of its buildings ! Glen Innes is part of the so-called Celtic-Country, north-west of Sydney in an area with lots of villages called after scottish villages like Glencoe and there is even a village called Stonehenge as well.
My 1st picture The townhall of Glen Innes is one of the most beautiful townhalls that I saw in New South Wales and it dates back to the year 1887.
my 2nd picture: The Kwong Sing Centre of 1886 is a good example of an early settlement of chinese merchants in that area and that shopping-centre is obviously still in the hands of that family for more than 100 years now.
my 3rd picture: The courthouse of Glen Innes is dating back to the year 1873. Most of the early settlers of Australia had been convicts and so it seemes to me that the newly built state of Australia wanted to show everywhere, that law and justice have to be obeyed there as well. So you will find an impressive courthouse even in smaller villages and towns all over Australia, and in most cases the police-station was eighter in the same building or next to it.
my 4th picture: St. Joseph's School and the church that obviously belongs to it as well is the most impressive ensemble of buildings that I saw in Glen Innes. Parts of it even look like an old scottish castle, even though it is certainly just a boarding-school.
my 5th picture: The chapel-theatre on the mainroad from Glen Innes to Armidale and next to St. Joseph's School.
Clarence-bridge is about 20km south of Stroud
Wooden bridges are a common sight all over the State of New South Wales, because in the days of the early settlers it was forbidden to use steel for bridges and for the oldest wooden bridges you will even find signposts how to get to them ! 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.
This tiny hut in the centre of Murrurundi was once the house of Ben Hall - (he was one of the most notorious bushrangers of the times of the gold-rush) ! Nowadays you will find some exhibits behind the windows and the backside of the hut also houses the public toilet - what a carreer ! ;-)
Take a look there and learn something about such local heros, who got monuments in various villages and graves that are still decorated and well-posted and shown like tourist-attractions.
You will find the name Ben Hall at many places of that area, his grave is in Forbes, where his grand-nephew Ben Hall III owns the Ben Hall Motel, and where you will find a monument for Ben Hall in front of the Tourist-office.
b.t.w.: in the tourist-office they sell T-shirts with the inscription:
Murrurundi History: Bigger than Ben Hall !
Elvis Presley in the Parkes car-museum
Did you really expect to see some of the original souvenirs of King Elvis in Australia ?You will find an excellent collection of guitars, photos, suits and othere things that the "king" Elvis Presley had in his posession - most of them were given to this museum by his former girlfriend Ginger Alden.
This Elvis Presley-collection is part of the car-museum and includes also Presley's last Caddillac - see it in my last photo here !
I came to Parkes mainly for its excellent car-collection, but I also enjoyed this part of the museum very much !
This museum is open:
Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm
Sat/Sun & Public Holidays 10am - 4pm
This museum is along the main road through the town of Parkes,
so you cannot miss it !
Nan Tien Temple in Unanderra close to Wollongong
This is a sight that I did not expect at all in Australia: A Buddhist temple, The Nan Tien Temple close to Wollongong and it is considdered to be the biggest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere.
In the lower floors of the main temple, that you can see in my main picture you will find some restaurants, a tea-house and the restrooms, but in order to get to the temple itself You can take the steps or an elevator and will first get into the large innercourt of the temple in the upper floor of this giant building.
On the total you might need about 1 hour to see and enjoy all of the sights of this temple !
You will find a lovely garden with a pond and lots of sculptures next to the large temples. Take your time for a short walk around that pond, obviously these sculptures are showing scenes of the life of Buddha, as I saw quite similar sculptures in Asia as well.
You will also see some koi-karps in the pond.
The easiest way to get to Nan Tien Temple is certainly by car, because it is not far from the main highway Nr1. You can drive through a large gate and park your car inside the wide park around the temple. Parking your car is free of charge and the gates are obviously open all day long.
Visitors are welcome and are allowed to enter almost all parts of the temple.
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