South West in the 1870s

South-West in the 1870s
South-West in the 1870s

In a tour to the southern districts, the reporter crosses from Bega, through Cooma, Yass, Tumut and Tarcutta to complete his journey in Wagga Wagga.

In a third journey, the correspondent travels partly by the Southern Railway, visiting Yass, Cootamundra, Junee, Narrandera and Hay. The grand city of the plains, Balranald, sprung up like magic as the reporter approached the town and he wondered how it could be buried in the wilds, unknown in the city, He describes churches, schools, wayside inns, buildings, businesses and stations, along with the people who own and run them.

Albury vineyards, the Murrumbidgee River, Tumut, Young, Grenfell and Forbes feature in another journey.

Leaving from Yass, the correspondent takes us on a shorter trip to Balranald. In most towns, reporters were welcomed, and those he interviewed freely gave information for his stories.