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22-February-2019
22-February-2019

Photographs supplied by Chris Berkeley

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 Belubula 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.

Location

Address:Icely Street, Canowindra , 2804
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.568955
Long: 148.658787
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Settlement

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 13th March, 1951
Front Inscription
BOREE SHIRE COUNCIL
this tablet marks the site of
ROBINSON`S HOTEL
And Was Unveiled During The Back To
Canowindra Jubilee Celebrations 
                By
W.R.GLASSON  ESQ. F.R.C.S.A.
On The 13th March 1951
The Hotel Was The Scene
Of Two Spectacular Raids
By The Bushrangers
Gilbert, Ben Hall, Vane.
O`Meally And Burke 
On The 26th Sept. And 11th Oct. 1863.
On The Latter Occasion The 
Bushrangers Invested The Town 
And Held It Against All Comers
For Three Days And Nights 
Providing Compulsory
Entertainment And Refreshment 
At Their Own Cost
In The Interim

K.J.McFadden        R.A. Brown
Shire Clerk             President
[Bottom Plaque] 

ON THE 26th NOVEMBER 1846,
THE FLOODED BELUBULA WAS 
CROSSED AT THIS SPOT 
BY THE GOVERNOR,
SIR CHARLES FITZROY
WHO FIVE YEARS LATER
WAS APPOINTED THE FIRST
GOVERNOR-GENERAL OF AUSTRALIA




 
Left Side Inscription
The Travellers Rest Monument 
[ Historical Information] 
Source: H, MA, NRUM
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