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ACT Branch: Beside the Queanbeyan River: An afternoon walk with stories on the way
2 May 2020
Unfortunately due to the current situation, this event has been postponed. We hope to reschedule this event at a later date.
This afternoon walk forms part of the 2020 Canberra and Region Heritage Festival and is presented by the Australian Garden History Society, ACT Monaro Riverina Branch and the National Trust ACT.
Queanbeyan’s story is closely tied to the Queanbeyan River, with even Surveyor Larmer’s siting of the initial village being dictated by the natural and stable ford where the current bridge stands. His 1838 plan for the village spanned the river with Monaro Street aligned with the crossing. The importance of this spot is shown by the establishment of Queanbeyan’s first two businesses (both existing before 1838) – a blacksmith on the east and a store on the opposite side. The river was the lifeline of the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people and then for the Europeans who settled here – providing water and an abundance of food in the forms of fish, mammals and birdlife.
Join historian Gillian Kelly for an easy riverside walk, sharing stories of the natural and cultivated landscape and the people who visited and settled here from earliest times to now. Gillian is passionate about preserving and sharing the early history of the city, but especially about the role the river has played in its development, the hard times and the good times. Her research has led her to many stories of the events and people that have influenced the development of the village to a town to a city.