WELCOME TO TOWRANG
A Truly Historic Village
Historic sights & beautiful countryside
The Wollondilly River 'meanders from its western slopes near Crookwell, flowing south-east through Goulburn, turning north-east to near Bullio, flowing north-west to Barrallier, before finally heading north-easterly into its mouth at Lake Burragorang.'
The Towrang bridge crosses the Wollondilly just off the highway on Towrang Road. The bridge goes under regularly turning Towrang effectively into an island. Towrang residents are understandably very interested in keeping tabs on river levels. Our best guess is that when Murrays Flats river level gauge reaches 3.25m Towrang Bridge goes under. You can check Murrays Flats level by following this link www.bom.gov.au/fwo/IDN60233/IDN60233.570027.plt.shtml#notes Please keep in mind that this prediction is our 'best guess' and is not guaranteed due to inconsistencies in the weather.
TOWRANG CONVICT STOCKADE
The Towrang Stockade, associated sites and road formations has outstanding significance as a rare, partially intact convict stockade and road side site unaffected by significant development. It reflects the culmination of Governor Darling's systematic identification of roadwork as a form of secondary punishment. Constructed as part of Thomas Mitchell's Great South Road project, the stockade is believed to have held the largest concentration of convicts in southern NSW during its operation and provides insight into the nature of convict life and labour and early road building in NSW.
FLORA & BIRD LIFE
The Argyle Apple (Eucalyptus cinerea) is a silver-leaved eucalypt that was named for the local Argyle County. Its main occurrence on the planet is in the Marulan, Towrang, Bungonia and Windellema areas. Its striking silvery leaves are one of Goulburn's unique export items sold in the cut flower markets around the world.
Koalas were all but wiped out in the Goulburn region during the Great Depression. Many landholders shot thousands for their fur which was used in the lining of mink coats in the USA. For decades they were thought to be extinct locally, but some Towrang residents recently discovered small numbers surviving among the ribbon gums, cabbage gums and river peppermints that dot the wooded creek lines in this beautiful valley. Today stands of these nutritious trees are being planted on private farms to help the koalas increase their numbers again.
TOWRANG COMMUNITY NEWS
What's going on in the Towrang Valley
TOWRANG HALL ACTIVITIES - 2016
500 Towrang Road, Towrang.
"Towrang Tavern" Social Gathering
Last Friday of every month
September 30 from 6.30pm
BYO everything as per usual - and don't forget family, friends and visitors. Cost is $2 per person to help cover electricity and gas. Always a great opportunity for new residents to the area to come along, have a friendly chat, get to know the locals.
Towrang Valley Progress Group
Next meeting Thursday September 15 at 6.30pm
and the second Wednesday of each month
A think-tank to discuss happenings in the Towrang valley. All welcome, especially those with some fresh ideas and enthusiasm.
Community Outreach Meetings – 2016
Thursday November 10 at 6.30pm
The annual Community Outreach meeting provides an opportunity for community members to meet and discuss Council related issues directly with Goulburn Mulwaree Councillors and senior staff.
Come along and have your issues heard by those who can put them into action.
If you are looking for a venue for your next party or social gathering, why not consider hiring the Towrang Hall? The rates are very reasonable and include the use of tables and chairs, sound system, projection screen, crockery/cutlery/glassware, BBQs & gas heaters (extra charge for use of gas). Contact Peta Skaines on 4829 8308 for information and a lease form.
The 6th International Food Night held on Saturday July 16 was a great success. we have so many good cooks in the area and it was great fun to share it.
The Holcim Thank You Dinner was an outstanding success. A large turnout of the community attended to express their appreciation for Holcim's extraordinary efforts to mitigate the impact of its quarry operations on the Towrang Valley and its residents.
Thank you to all who helped in the smooth implementation of the event. In particular, organisers Geoff Pearson and Alan and Myrna Burman, and Tony Redman and Jenny Goulder who generously contributed to the food. Also, a big thank you to Joan Evans, our local award-winning artist, whose magnificent painting depicting historical points of interest around Towrang was presented to Holcim management.
See gallery below for pictures courtesy of Jan Armstrong.
TOWRANG VALLEY HISTORY REPOSITORY
The CHPC, with local history expert, John Jervis, is currently working on an exciting new project, the development of a Towrang Valley Heritage Repository which will start to identify, protect and preserve the many squirrel stores of “at risk” historical records including drawings, photographs, letters, books, newspapers as well as artefacts, tools, equipment, etc from early settlement and the growing development across the region. As a result, the committee would be very keen to hear from anyone who might have any old records of this kind or be interested in working with them on this invaluable and vital project as we are all very keen to ensure that the extraordinary and rich history of the early development of Towrang is not lost, but is preserved for the generations to come. The CHPC can be reached at Cookbundoon@gmail.com
AND THE WINNER IS...
The inaugural Yuletide Mail Trail competition had 16 entries for letterbox and letterbox/gate classifications - a good start to what we hope will be an annual event. It's a bit of friendly, neighbourhood competitiveness.
The tension was high as the winning entries were announced. And the winners are:
1st - Jean Morrison;
equal 2nd - Debbie Alksne, Maree Burgess, Justin & Jay Channells;
3rd - George & Soula Christodoulou
1st - Jen & Alan Goulder;
2nd and 3rd - Myrna & Alan Burman.
Thank you to the organisers Chloe Crombie, Denise Curvey and Mandy McCabe, and everyone who took the time to travel around and vote.
See Gallery below for photos of a few entries.
HOLCIM and GUNLAKE QUARRY UPDATE
There's a new website dedicated to issues regarding quarries in and around Goulburn.
Click here to take a look.
Thanks everyone for the show of enthusiasm for the new website. It seems to be doing its job nicely.
Any adjustments/additions to the website can be requested by emailing Susan directly at firstname.lastname@example.org Please put Towrang in the subject line.
Any general queries regarding anything in Towrang can be emailed using the Email Us link at the bottom of the site. This will be directed to Peta Skaines who will be able to answer your query, or redirect it to someone who can.
You can also contact Peta on: 02 4829 8308 or 0434 423 753.
Across the road from the park in Towrang village.
Next service Sunday September 25 at 1pm
A beautiful and historic little church with friendly services conducted on the fourth Sunday of every month.
TOWRANG FIRE BRIGADE
News & Events
At Towrang Brigade HQ
498 Towrang Road.
Every second Tuesday evening from 7pm
training, maintenance, admin, etc
Next Monthly Admin Meeting: Friday September 9, 7.30pm
Get Ready Day is on Sunday September 11, 10am-3pm, at the Fire Station. What will you do if there is a fire this summer? Come along and find out how to prepare.
Now, before October, is the time to do some hazard reduction. You don't need a permit, but you do need to be put on the burns list at the Fire Control Centre (6226 3100), you need to advise the captain when you are about to light up (Matt Curvey 0438 298 271) and you do need to let your neighbours know at least 24 hours beforehand.
All of this is to minimise us turning up on your doorstep because someone driving past has seen smoke rising and rung 000 and there is no record that you are having a burnoff.
As quarry issues and relevant documents have been growing steadily, space has become a problem. So we have added an auxiliary website – goulburnquarries.org to handle all this material. Simply click on links below to go to the area you are looking for.
Some of the issues addressed:
HOT TOPICS will still be available for addressing any other issues that may pertain to Towrang, so please don't hesitate to drop us a line if you'd like to share any concerns.
GREENWICH PARK/BIG HILL
News & Events
About Big Hill
The area is characterised with agricultural activities, predominantly grazing, as well as National Parks. Grazing was first introduced by Hannibal Hawkins Macarthur nephew of John Macarthur, who established a 1000 acre farm, Arthursleigh, at Big Hill in 1819.
By the start of the 20th century, Big Hill boasted a Methodist chapel, school and a post office. Today, only the church remains, and Arthursleigh operates as an agriculture research and teaching centre of the University of Sydney.
Big Hill Post Office opened on 1 November 1869 and closed in 1945.
The main geographical features of Big Hill include Mount Modickmurribar from which the area is named, the Wollondilly River to the east and the Tarlo River National Park to the west.
Big Hill is roughly equivalent to the cadastral parishes of Cookbundoon and Eden Forest in the county of Argyle.
Wikipedia 2 June 2014
About Greenwich Park
Greenwich Park is a rural community 32 km from Goulburn and surrounded by villages, such as Towrang, Brayton and Big Hill. Like many other areas in New South Wales, where a village grew around a large property and took the name of that property, Greenwich Park community was named for Greenwich Park, a land grant to John Jamieson in 1822. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the name Greenwich Meadows was used by the farmers living in the area along Long Swamp Road. That name was discontinued after the Greenwich Park Post Office moved to Greenwich Meadows at the Chalker’s home in 1910.
Greenwich Park estate was the hub of the community. It provided employment, sport, entertainment and even church services for a period. But most of all that affluent property provided stability and was, perhaps, more than anything else, the reason why the neighbourhood grew and prospered for over 180 years.
The history of the Greenwich Park property from the Jamieson family to the present owners is a fascinating one. However, it was the pioneers, the small landowners, the farmers and their families who gave the district a unique character.
Greenwich Park is no longer the thriving and busy village that it was one hundred years ago. There is no school now, the children go to Marulan or Goulburn by bus. The Post Office has closed and the mail is delivered by car instead of a horse and sulky. The little church was burnt down in the bushfires. Modern transport, telephone, television, computers and the internet have changed the lifestyle but the people who live there are still proud to belong to a rural part of Australia that is like no other.
An extract of the Introduction of the book “Greenwich Park” by Lorna Parr, published February 2005 by Goulpress Printers, Goulburn NSW
Marulan Kite Festival
Saturday October 29: Kite Festival Opening Dinner Dance, 7-11pm, Marulan Hall. Cost is $60 per person. Enquiries and bookings - email@example.com or phone 0408 421 199.
Sunday October 30: Marulan Kite Festival. Contact above phone number for details.
WHAT'S ON OUT OF TOWN
Events in Goulburn and surrounds.
We'll have more for you soon.
A huge thanks to the following contributors:
Alan & Myrna Burman for all the Towrang news, dates and event updates.
Jenny Hill for all the Greenwich Park updates.
Peta Skaines for function updates and emails
Carolyn Beattie for her beautiful flora and fauna banner photos.
Geoff Pearson for his Holcim, Lynwood Quarry updates.
Karen for the Billyrambija Landcare updates
If you would like to add anything to the website, please don't hesitate to drop us a line.
OR DROP US A LINE