MOLONG

Molong is encounted when traveling the Mitchell Hgy between Orange and Dubbo. Molong is a small town but is very apparent heritage is important. Molong is a busy cross roads centre and a pause to explore is recommended.

Charles Sturt visited Molong in 1828. Molong was the site of the first copper mine in Australia, located at Copper Hill just outside of Molong. The origin for the name was not discovered.

William Lee of Kelso is said to have had cattle in the area by 1819. He later held property just north of present Molong, around Larras Lee. In 1826 a military and police outpost was established at Molong, on Governor Darling's orders, as a step in opening up the government stock reserve west of the Macquarie River for settlement.

The Historical Museum is housed in a former hotel (1856), built by rubble-mason James Mortal, who sold it in 1861 to John Smith of Gamboola. Smith let the building to a series of publicans and it later became the residence and surgery for a series of doctors. The Historical Society acquired it for use as a museum, in 1969, with help from the Molong Shire Council.

Molong has two classic old century plus pubs.

 The Congregational Churches are a mix of the very old and ‘new’. The Anglican being of classic turn of the century design.

The Molong War Memorial is acknowledged in a number of locations and format.

Molong has lots of old heritage buildings.

Molong is a pretty spot and the traveler will enjoy what is on offer. Not the least a refreshment should the timing be right.

Heritage diary

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet   Caravan
  Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
  Laundry Toilets
  Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
  Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course