Corner Country History & Heritage

The Corner Country is the traditional home for the Wongkumara, Wadigali and Malyangapa people, and was first explored in 1845 by Charles Sturt's Inland Expedition. In 1861 the Burke and Will's expedition passed through the east of the region. Pastoralists followed exploration, and between the 1860s-1870s the area was extensively settled.

Gold was discovered in late in the 1870s, and the townships of Milparinka and Tibooburra were established.
In the 1880s a rabbit-proof fence was constructed along the border of South Australia and Queensland, intersecting at Cameron Corner. Intended to keep the region free from rabbits, the fence later became, and still is, the wild dog fence.

Networks of trade routes were established from Wilcannia to the goldfields and later from Broken Hill. During this time staging posts and shanty hotels were opened up throughout the region, and travelling stock routes and public-watering places were established to transport stock through the region.

Cameleers arrived in 1882 to save a region on the brink of starvation and remained stalwarts of transportation through until the 1920s.

The values of hard work, mateship, resilience were valued by which most of the early settlers lived, isolated from the rest of New South Wales by distance. They remain the core principles of the people of the Corner Country today, although the tyranny of distance plays a much lesser role in carving the modern-day character.


 

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Corner Country History & Heritage

  • In 1882, severe drought on the Albert Goldfields caused near-famine for the miners and settlers of the district. The Darling River ceased to flow, and the paddle steamers were prevented from carrying stores to Wilcannia.

    Camel Teams

    In 1882, severe drought on the Albert Goldfields caused near-famine for the miners and settlers of the district. The Darling
  • The largely waterless lands of the Corner Country were traditionally occupied by several Aboriginal groups. In the Milparinka area lived members of the Maliangaapa people, around Tibooburra were Wadigalis and Wangkumaras.

    First Nation Heritage

    The largely waterless lands of the Corner Country were traditionally occupied by several Aboriginal groups. In the Milparinka area lived
  • Euston King was the sixteen year old messenger in the story. During the early days of the Mt Browne Gold Fields, provisions were sent mainly from Wilcannia and the store keepers

    Memoirs of Euston King

    Euston King was the sixteen-year-old messenger in the story. During the early days of the Mt Browne Gold Fields, provisions
  • The Milparinka Local History Centre, located in the former courthouse at Milparinka, has on display a great deal of local history material. If you are interested in this information please call in whilst you are traveling through the region; or write contact us... we may be able to help you, or you may even be able to help us.

    Milparinka Heritage Precinct

    The Milparinka Local History Centre, located in the former courthouse at Milparinka, has on display a great deal of local
  • The ancient geology of the Barrier Ranges and adjacent areas has yielded rich mineralisation. Broken Hill is famous for its silver, lead and zinc deposits, but, across the ranges and north into the Grey Range, were other significant deposits.

    Mining Heritage

    The ancient geology of the Barrier Ranges and adjacent areas has yielded rich mineralisation. Broken Hill is famous for its
  • Its the longest structure in the world, a single fence over more than 5000 kilometres in length. Originally built in the 1890s to help control the enormous rabbit population which was devastating huge areas of inland and regional Australia, the Wild Dog Fence was converted to a dingo fence in 1914.

    Wild Dog Fence

    Its the longest structure in the world, a single fence over more than 5000 kilometres in length. Originally built in
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