Villages of the Boorowa Council Local Government Area

villagesopenerWhilst Boorowa itself is the main township in the area, there are four much smaller towns which are listed here as villages. Although devoid of shops thses days, there are regular mail deliveries, electricity, sealed roads and schools - luxuries that pioneers could only dream of.

 

 

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Situated about 20 minutes drive out of Boorowa, the Frogmore district was once a thriving mining area for gold, copper and tungsten. It was at Frogmore that the first 'Pass the Hat Around' concert was held with the famous entertainer Lee Kernaghan, to raise money to pay for the new hall built after a bush fire in 1997.

RUGBY

Rugby Hall

Originally an area of dense bushland, the first settlers of Rugby faced many hardships as they struggled to establish their small farms. However they never relented and today Rugby is famous for its Merino sheep and it even has a Progress Association. Its tiny Public School with only a handful of students is frequently in the news as it battles for survival.

Reids Flat

Reids Flat School

A 55 minute drive north-east of Boorowa, Reids Flat has a bushranging past. There was a famous shoot-out at William Fogg's property where 'Darkie' Gardiner was hiding in a shanty. Prior to the afray, Fogg's wife used blankets to signal to the fugitive - white for 'all clear' red for 'police'. On July 16, 1861 the police descended, the fight was intense with bullets flying. Gardiner escaped badly wounded but fogg was arrested for harbouring a criminal - later these charges were withdrawn. The remains of the Shanty where the fight occured are still visible.

A more recent and law-abiding claim to fame is the annual gymkhana and rodeo on the first Saturday of November which attracts visitors and competitors from across the state and even further afield.

Rye Park

Rye Park

For many years Rye Park had one of the richest silver mines in the state and along with its quality grazing land seemed destined for expansion. Today the silver mine has been abandoned but the grazing land is still valuable. There is evidence that convict labour was used in the district as old leg irons have been found. The old School Country Retreat is a well-known B&B.

The residents of Rye Park financed thier own Soldiers Memorial Hall. 
Leonie Halley a written version of a talk given to school children of Rye Park account follows:

Rye Park Soldiers Memorial Hall - A Sacred Site

How many children have ever noticed when you have driven through towns and villages that just about all of them have some sort of hall building? Why do you think that should be so?

Yes, people need a place where they can have meetings of various sorts, wedding receptions, 18th and 21st birthday parties, concerts, dances or a ball - in other words, a focal point for their social lives.

Some halls are large and imposing, some are small and plain, but they are very important to the people who live there.

We are now looking at our own Rye Park Soldiers Memorial Hall and we can be very proud of it.

Rye Park - Soldiers Memorial Hall

Before it was built, there was a private sort of hall belonging to Mr Austin Smith, which could be hired for various uses. I don't know much about this, but if you look at the building opposite the Catholic Church, it was somewhere behind that.