"Heading the tourist agenda" Henty Things to Do Tip by iandsmith

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Henty describes itself as the 'Home of the Header' because, in 1914, a local farmer named Headlie Taylor invented the header harvester which revolutionised the grain industry worldwide when it became commercially available in 1916.
The Headlie Taylor Header Memorial which includes one of Taylor's original machines is located in Henty Park, off Allen St (clearly signposted through town) and the Henty Machinery Field Day is held each September.
Henty is also famous for its connections with the bushranger Dan 'Mad Dog' Morgan. Exactly 2 km west of town on Pleasant Hills Rd (the Lockhart road) is a memorial stone on the site where Morgan shot Sergeant Thomas Smyth in September 1864.
The new plaque was erected by the NSW Police Service and reads 'A memorial to Senior Sergeant Thomas Smyth, aged 29. A member of the NSW Police Force shot by bushranger Dan Morgan in the surrounding hills on 4 September 1864. Senior Sergeant Smyth received a gunshot wound to his left shoulder and convalesced at the Imperial Hotel, Albury until 29 September 1864 where he haemorrhaged as a result of the gunshot wound and died. He is buried in an unmarked grave in the Albury cemetery. Dan Morgan was a murderer with a 1000 price on his head. Senior Sergeant Smyth gave his life while in the pursuit of Morgan who although a tourist attraction these days put fear in the people of the district in the 1860s.'

There is a more spectacular version on a billboard nearby but it is inaccurate in its account of events.
Morgan had committed his second and third murders just a few months before he arrived in the Henty area. After the murders, and an outcry from the press, the reward for Morgan's capture was raised to 1000 and parties of special police were sent to track and capture him.
Senior Sergeant Smyth was leading one of the parties but Morgan outwitted them (he claimed he had watched the campsite for some time) and fired into Smyth's tent fatally wounding the policeman.

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  • Written Oct 18, 2011
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