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.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
All the Towrang events in one place.
TOWRANG COMMUNITY NEWS
What's going on in the Towrang Valley
TOWRANG HALL ACTIVITIES - 2016
500 Towrang Road, Towrang.
"Towrang Tavern" Social Gathering
Friday February 24 - 6.30pm
On the last Friday of each month we meet in the hall for a casual catch-up. BYO drinks and a meal. Gold coin donation goes toward Hall upkeep. All Welcome.
Xmas Party News
The Towrang Hall was full to bursting on Saturday December 10 when we held the Community Christmas Party. Over 100 adults and 20 children came along to start off the festive season. Lots of fun, laughter and conversation. Santa took time out from his busy schedule and handed out a gift to each child. It was great to see so many new residents to the area attending. Thank you to everyone who came along, brought food to share, helped with the cleaning up and organising.
Towrang Valley Progress Group
Next meeting Wednesday February 8 at 6.30pm
We will be discussing what has been happening since December as well as preparing for the coming year, which will cover events such as historical tours, international food night, the Gunlake Quarry expansion, history repository, etc.
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
Yuletide Mail Trail Competition 2016
The second Yuletide Mail Trail competition was hotly contested this year. A few less entries than last year, but some fantastic gate/letterbox/fence decorations. A lot of thought and effort went in to your decorations. Thank you everyone who got into the spirit of it all, including those who didn't put in an entry form.
Unfortunately, family and health issues for the organisers meant that the original voting system idea of people's choice did not eventuate, so a huge thank you to Denise Curvey and Mandy McCabe for their organisation and the prizes over a difficult period for them both.
An independent panel of judges went around the area and had the difficult job of deciding on the winners. Their decisions are listed below.
The overall winner was Helen Bucciol as the judges felt her decoration embodied the spirit of Christmas and our community.
This year's winners are...
Overall winner- Helen Bucciol.
1st - Roger & Katrina Tait;
2nd - The Searle family;
3rd - Marge Izzard;
Encouragement to Maree Burgess
1st - Jean Morrison;
2nd - Fiona & Kevin Bulman;
3rd - Alan & Myrna Burman
1st - Helen Bucciol;
2nd - Jen & Alan Goulder;
3rd - Dot & Frank Moorby
See Towrang Events Gallery below for photos.
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 email@example.com 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.
A beautiful and historic little church with friendly services conducted on the fourth Sunday of every month. Next service: Sunday February 26, 1pm.
Carols in our park
A wonderful evening was held in our local park on Wednesday December 21. A lovely BBQ was held and some new residents of our community came along to meet everyone. The evening was filled with laughter and singing. Mason and Tye Young told a wonderful story through the use of puppets about the true meaning behind Christmas. The community's continued support of the Towrang Church and the Christmas event held each year is very much appreciated.
TOWRANG FIRE BRIGADE
News & Events
At Towrang Brigade HQ
498 Towrang Road.
Every Tuesday evening from 7pm
training, maintenance, admin, etc
Next Monthly Admin Meeting: Friday February 10, 7.30pm
It has been a busy month for the Towrang Brigade. We were called to a bushfire close to home in mid-January which started on the Towrang side of the Wollondilly River and then jumped across to the Carrick Road side. Some great work by a dedicated group of volunteers prevented this from becoming a major headache for us.
Other members attended the Currandooley fire at Tarago. Together with a crew from Marulan and Braidwood, they made a significant impact on the head of the fire, ably assisted by other units. For some of our crew this was a first taste of major bushfire fighting and they are to be congratulated on their dedication and enthusiasm.
We also attended the fire at Tallong and a large mulch heap fire last week as well as a few truck fires and vehicle callouts.
The fire season isn't over yet, so please, check the weather before you decide to start your lawnmower, slasher or do some angle grinding. These do start fires.
We need some more volunteers. Anyone new to the area who would like to join, please come along on a Tuesday evening from 7pm and get some information. We are more than happy to run a basic firefighter course to get you started.
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
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WHAT'S ON OUT OF TOWN
Events in Goulburn and surrounds.
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A huge thanks to the following contributors:
Alan & Myrna Burman for all the Towrang news, dates and event 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.
If you would like to add anything to the website, please don't hesitate to drop us a line.
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