Bathurst is one of Australiaīs oldest inland cities built at a site personally chosen by Governor Macquarie in 1815. In 1851, it was the scene of Australiaīs first gold rush and many fine buildings remain, a legacy of the era. The Victorian Renaissance court house with a double story portico and large octagonal central dome is now home to the Bathurst Tourist Centre which has a fine collection of pictures from the gold rush. A wing of Government House, built in 1817 by Macquarie, is still standing and the home of Ben Chiffley, a former Prime Minister, is preserved as a national memorial. The Bathurst Regional Art Gallery has a notable collection of work by Lloyd Rees.
Broken Hill, city (1991 pop. 23,263), New South Wales, SE Australia, near the South Australia border. Since 1883, it has been a principal center of zinc and silver mining in Australia.
At the Junction of the Newell and Mitchell highways, is the thriving centre of the Western Plains area. First settled in the 1840īs when a store was opened on the banks of the Maquarie River by Jean Emile de Bouillon Serisier, it became a stopping point for settlers heading out in search of a "better land" and for cattle mobs being herded south to the Victorian markets of the day. Many fine old buildings remain in the town including the National Trustīs Dundullimal Homestead, an 1880īs classical court house with massive columns and the 1876 bank which now houses a good local museum.
One of the main attractions of Dubbo is the world renowned Western Plains Zoo, which presents over 800 exotic and native animals in large open exhibits, landscaped to recreate their natural habitat
85km north-west of Tamworth on the Namoi River, Gunnedah is one of the largest centres for wheat and stock sales in Australia. Cumbo Gunnerah, the respected leader of the Gunnedarr people, immortalised in Ion Idreissī book "The Red Chief", was burried here in the late 1700s. In 1984 a bronze sculpture was erected in his memory.
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