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The plaque commemorates the 150th anniversary of the survey of Wyndham 1856-2006. 

The village of Wyndham was packed at the weekend as the 150th anniversary was celebrated. The celebrations started on Friday night with a ball at the Wyndham Hall. Many wore old style dress in keeping with the occasion.

Enjoying the perfect weather crowds lined the route of the street parade on Saturday in perfect weather.

It was led by the Tarraganda pipers and following them was the Wyndham School of Dance, the pupils from the Wyndham Public School, a whipcracker, various floats including one from the School of Arts, families in clothes worn 150 years ago, the Wyndham Walkers, a closed wagon, old time tractors, the Wyndham Pony Club and many, many veteran cars from the Pambula and Bega clubs.NThe parade wound its way through the village and snaked back on itself to the grounds of the Uniting Church. After lunch people gathered in front of the Wyndham Hall where a ribboned stone with a plaque was about to be unveiled.

The Bega Valley Shire Mayor, Tony Allen, said what a phenomenal day it was and congratulated all those who had made it such a success, including the organising committee members Barbara and Nancy Grant, Dot Williams and Vivian Heriot.

Cr Allen said that it was believed that the village was named after a Crimean War Colonel named Charles Windham and founded indirectly when men seeking gold, mined at Honeysuckle Flat. William Thompson was the first licensee of Honeysuckle Inn, which was erected in 1855. The first 52 acres of land on the Honeysuckle Flats was purchased by John Robinson in 1853, after recognising the potential of the land for farming. The first land sale for the town was held in Eden, but little was sold. At the land sale on July 26, 1860, Robert Turbet and Emma Love were among the first land buyers. Access to Wyndham was greatly improved when wooden bridges were built at Honeysuckle in 1888 and at Pretty Point in 1896.

In 1871 a slab school was built on the present site. From March 1880, Wyndham was recognised as a Public School when Mr Bernard Grant was the teacher.

At the only formal ceremony over the weekend at the Wyndham Hall, Cr Allen said a sense of history for the pioneering families of Wyndham has prevailed and the result is this weekend of celebration for an important date in the town's settlement, said Cr Allen. He then invited long time Wyndham residents, Melva and Tom Umback to unveil the memorial plaque.

It read "1856-2006. Commemorating 150 years since Wyndham was surveyed and the site fixed on 24 July 1856".
Bega District News (NSW), 25 July 2006.

Location

Address:Gordon & Clarke Streets, Wyndham Hall, Wyndham, 2550
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.928143
Long: 149.648506
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Settlement
Actual Event Start Date:24-July-1856
Actual Event End Date:24-July-1856

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 22nd July, 2006
Front Inscription
             1856-2006.
Commemorating 150 years
since Wyndham was surveyed
and the site fixed on 24 July 1856
Source: MA
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