Bear and the Princess are going to go touring in country NSW. We just need to get away because Vevencia has been fighting cancer for 3 years and the latest PET scan looks clear. She has been through so much. Time for a holiday.
I thought might take a picture of every old Post Office and interesting old buildings in the towns we go through.
Continuing from Day 5 – Wodonga VIC to Young NSW this is day 6 …
We decided to spend the day in Young to explore and have a bit of a rest. My mother worked in Young before she was married so history here as when I was very young the family would visit the people she used to board with.
“Young is a town in the South West Slopes region of New South Wales, Australia and the largest town in the Hilltops Region. The “Lambing Flat” Post Office opened on 1 March 1861 and was renamed “Young” in 1863.
Young is marketed as the Cherry Capital of Australia and every year hosts the National Cherry Festival. Young is situated on the Olympic Highway and is approximately 2 hours drive from the Canberra area. It is in a valley, with surrounding hills. The town is named after Sir John Young, the governor of NSW from 1861 to 1867.
Before European settlers arrived in Young, members of the Burrowmunditory tribe, a family group of the indigenous Wiradjuri Nation, lived in the region. Descendents of the Burrowmunditory clan still live in Young.
James White was the first European settler in the district and established Burrangong Station in 1826 with a squatting claim of 260 square kilometres (100 sq mi). His story is told in the novel Brothers in Exile. Gold was found in the district in 1860. Until that time the area was called Lambing Flat, a reference to the grazing of sheep that was the main industry until mining. The town was gazetted in 1861. The goldfields produced 15,000 kilograms (470,000 ozt) of gold sent by escort from the fields. Up to 20,000 miners worked the fields including about 2,000 Chinese miners.
From November 1860 through to June 1861, anti-Chinese miners attacked Chinese gold miners in the area, now known as the infamous Lambing Flat riots. As gold became scarce, European miners began to resent what they saw as the greater success of the more industrious Chinese, and hence many Chinese miners were attacked, robbed and killed. The anti-Chinese rebels rallied in numbers of up to 3,000. Eventually the rioters were controlled, Chinese miners had their claims restored to them, but the New South Wales Parliament passed the Chinese Immigration Bill which restricted the number of Chinese that could be brought into New South Wales on any ship and imposed a tax per head on entry.
In 1889 Young was the first town in Australia to install electricity into the streets and homes of the township; Tamworth NSW had installed electricity to the streets only the previous year.
The former Young Shire was acknowledged as the first Local Government Area to institute a rural school bus system in New South Wales.” Wikipedia
Our first stop of the day was the Lambing Flat Museum …
We got talking to the lady volunteering and she explained that she had attended school in the building. When I explained our trip and the family history with Young she took a shine to us and because it was quiet she followed us around chatting. Quite enjoyed this extensive rustic museum.
Next stop was the Lambing Flat Chinese Garden …
Enjoyed the gardens and if it wasn’t such a windy day would have been great to have a picnic there.
Instead we went back to town and enjoyed a late lunch at the local bakery/cafe. Great food at these country towns and bread like you don’t get in the city. Vevencia particularly liked.