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A Monument to Robinson`s Hotel and Governor Sir Charles Fitzroy`s Belabula River Crossing. The monument was erected during Canowindra's Commonwealth Jubilee celebrations in 1951 to mark the site of Robinson's Hotel  and the crossing of the flooded Belabula River in 1846 by Sir Charles Fitzroy who five years later became Australia's first Governor General.

Ben Hall`s bushranging gang made three raids on Canowindra in 1863. Each time they visited Robinson`s Inn and in one of the visits they stayed for three days. Ben Hall, John O`Meally and John Gilbert were members of Frank Gardiner`s gang in the hold-up of the Forbes Gold escort at Eugowra Rocks in 1862. After Gardiner disappeared, the three remaining members joined with John Vane and Michael Burke, terrorising the western districts until May 1865, when Hall and Gilbert were shot a few days apart.

After extensive research it was discovered Robinson's Hotel was not at this site and a plaque with the correct details has been placed on the wall of the Royal Hotel.

One of the first N.S.W. country towns to hold Jubilee Celebrations was small but enterprising Canowindra, which has just concluded a week of festivities. A ball attended by the Governor-General, Mr. W. J. McKell,  Mrs. McKell, and Miss Betty McKell was the chief event. cKell, and Mrs. Cutler. Many young people travelled forty or sixty miles from neighboring towns such as Orange, Parkes, and Grenfell to attend the ball.

So far as Canowindra is concerned the "Thing" is the tablet which commemorates the pioneers of the town who survived a hold-up by bushranger Ben Hall and his gang in 1863. Hall and his men took over the entire town for three days. They made their headquarters at the inn and suitably entertained the townspeople. It is on the site of the inn that the tablet has been placed. It was unveiled by Mr. W. Glasson, grazier, of Molong, who is a member of the Royal Historical Society.

Jubilee week at Canowindra was also organised as "Back to Canowindra Week." As such it was apparently a failure. Inquiries failed to reveal anyone who had come back. The only conclusion is that Canowindra is such a nice place nobody ever leaves it. 
The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), 24 March 1951.


Address:Icely Street, Canowindra , 2804
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.568955
Long: 148.658787
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 13th March, 1951
Source: H, MA, NRUM
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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