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Black Stump Memorial Stone : 28-May-2011
Black Stump Memorial Stone : 28-May-2011

Photographs supplied by Glen Yeomans

The Memorial Stone was erected in memory of the pioneers of the area and also explains the Black Stump legend. 

It is generally accepted that the "Black Stump" district was named in the 1880s from a water tank in the area of the same name. Another story attributes the ubiquitous black stump to the husband of the unfortunate Barbara Blain, who was buried at Gunbar Cemetery in 1886. Local legend has it that her husband, a bullocky, instructed her to make a fire while he found feed for the livestock. The day was hot, windy and dusty. When he returned he found his wife burned to death. The story goes that when people sympathised with him he said "When I returned to the camp my wife was dead - she looked just like a black stump".

Location

Address:Aix & Mons Street, Merriwagga, 2652
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.817222
Long: 145.622639
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

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

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1970s
Front Inscription

TEN MILES WEST OF THIS SPOT IS A PUBLIC WATERING 
PLACE KNOWN, SINCE 1910, AS THE BLACK STUMP TANK.
ALSO IN THE AREA  ARE THE BLACK STUMP WELL AND 
BLACK STUMP SWAMP. LOCAL LEGEND SAYS THAT THE 
NAMES ORIGINATED IN 1886 WITH THE DEATH, BY 
BURNING, OF A WOMAN NAMED BARBARA BLAIN, WHO IS 
BELIEVED TO BE THE FIRST PERSON IN THE GUNBAR
CEMETERY.

THE AREA WAS A RECOGNISED OVERNIGHT CAMP FOR 
WAGGON TEAMS FROM AS FAR NORTH AS GILGUNNIA,  
TRAVELLING TO THE RIVER STEAMERS ON THE 
MURRUMBIDGEE RIVER.

THIS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED IN MEMORY OF THE 
PIONEERS WHO CONTRIBUTED SO MUCH TO THE 
DEVELOPMENT OF THE AREA.

Source: MA,NRUM
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