Sunday, 17 February 2019

Glen Innes Town Hall


Glen Innes is a town in an area known as the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales. The town itself has a population of 6155 but it is the centre of the much larger Glen Innes Severn Shire. The area was first settled by white colonists in 1838 by a pair of stockmen known as The Beardies, who set up a pastoral lease for Archibald Boyd. The town was gazetted later, in 1852. The traditional industries are sheep farming for wool and meat, cattle, forestry and timber, tin and sapphire mining. Nowadays tourism is important. It is hot in the summer and cold in the winter (one of the coldest places in Australia).


The town hall is right in the middle of the main street and was built in 1887 and continues to function as such. It has space to seat 250 people and has a stage and catering facilities. Like many Australian country towns the main street is very wide and now has both curb angle parking and centre island parking which divides the traffic lanes. The generous width is because in the 19th century you needed to be able to turn an ox team around in the street. These days the major event in town is the annual Celtic festival, which my parents used to attend and enjoy.


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2 comments:

Aussie in France said...

Glen Innis waw the "big smoke" for my father's family of sheep farmers. My great great grandfather came out from Bavaria in Germany and married an Irish woman.

Susan said...

I suspect Glen Innes is one of those places that punches above its weight. Not very big population, but surrounded by big wealthy pastoral and mining concerns that have traditionally ruled Australia.

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