War Memorial and Town Hall


Given my liking for anything to do with trains and railways, I have a particular liking for  Young’s former Railway Station, but for many visitors the Town Hall on Boorowa Street is Young’s most striking building. Were it not for the fact that it incorporates the towns rather tasteful and distinctive World War I Memorial it might be less so. Continue reading “War Memorial and Town Hall”


Former District Court House


Without knowing a little of the history of country New South Wales towns such as Young, Cooma and Goulburn (and there are others) your initial encounter with court houses in these places will undoubtedly cause raised eyebrows. Like me, you will wonder why such grand court houses were built in what are today are rather modest towns in most other respects. Continue reading “Former District Court House”

St John the Evangelist’s Anglican Church


The first white settler to arrive in Young was the aptly named James White an ex-convict who arrived in 1832. Having befriended Cobborn Jackie, a chief of the Waradjeri Aboriginal tribe, he secured a homestead site at Burrangong Creek, Young. White and his family lived here pretty much undisturbed until June 1860 when gold was found at one of his sheep camps – Lambing Flat. Continue reading “St John the Evangelist’s Anglican Church”

Lambing Flat Chinese Tribute Garden


In 1860 around 2000 Chinese prospectors were drawn to Young, lured by the possibility of making their fortunes in the goldfields. Within months gold reserves were dwindling and European miners, resentful of the well organised and successful Chinese miners, banded together to drive Chinese prospectors out of town. See my Reading the Riot Act review for more detail on the shocking treatment meted out to the Chinese at this time. Continue reading “Lambing Flat Chinese Tribute Garden”