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A monument erected by the Wilton Progress Association commemorates the centenary of the township 1885-1985.
When the Great South Road to Sutton Forest and Argyle County (Goulburn area) was planned in the late 1820s, Major Mitchell - the famed explorer - took up a land grant previously promised to him - in the Wilton area, in the expectation the road would pass by it. Mitchell, like many other early landowners, also saw himself as a lord of the manor in the English tradition, and leased out part of his estate to tenant farmers (1846). A public school was built at Wilton in 1871 and a small Roman Catholic denominational school nearby, which closed for lack of numbers a few years later. Other schools were also operated temporarily during the boom period which saw the construction of the Cordeaux Dam.
|Address:||Hornby Street & Broughton Street, Wilton Recreation Reserve, Wilton, 2571|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -34.236667|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||20-March-1885|
|Actual Event End Date:||20-March-1985|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Saturday 23rd March, 1985|