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Crookwell is a small town located in the Southern Tablelands of New South…
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Taralga is a small village in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales,…
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The first known visit by white men to the Taralga district was an expedition led by Charles Thorsby in 1819 when he passed Burra Burra Lake on his way to Campbell’s River from the Cowpastures. The following year John Oxley and the Commissioner John Thomas Bigge came by the same route from Bathurst travelling to Lake Bathurst. By this time Hannibal Macarthur had a large property at Arthursleigh, across the Cookbundoon River east of Taralga, his cousin James Macarthur was accompanied by Lachlan McAlister and John HIllas, these men became three of the first landholders in the Taralga area.
The earliest map bearing the name Crookwell was surveyor Dixon’s trace of the Dividing Range dated 1828 however it is clear there were settlers in the district exploiting the fertile soils for many years prior. To this day the Crookwell district remains prime farming land within easy reach of Sydney.
Until 1820 Gunning was at the “Limit of Settlement” beyond which settlers could not acquire land. The township was a hive of activity as a transport and service centre vitally important in the development of the Sydney to Melbourne corridor including being the 1824 launching point for Hume and Hovell’s expedition.
The first known visit by white men to the Taralga district was an expedition led by Charles Throsby in 1819 when he passed Burra Burra Lake on his way to Campbells River. Whilst Macarthur, McAlister and Hillas were first landholders it was the convicts assigned to these men who were the real pioneers.
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