- 1 location
- 2 Beginnings
- 3 Importance of Wahgunyah
- 4 What was Wahgunyah like in the late 1870s
- 5 Facilities in Wahgunyah in the late 1870s
- 6 Links to the KellyGang
- 7 Members of the Wahgunyah community
- 8 What happened at Wahgunyah after the time of the KellyGang
- 9 What is happening at Wahgunyah today
on the Victorian side of the River Murray south of Corowa.
Importance of Wahgunyah
What was Wahgunyah like in the late 1870s
Representatives from Wahgunyah attended a major meeting to plan for the coming of the railways (Argus15/7/67)
Wahgunyah was a Customs post on the Victoria New South Wales border.
See also for a look at the town (T&C26/3/1870)
Facilities in Wahgunyah in the late 1870s
Population 500 Hotels
Empire Hotel (1861) Camille Reau (T&C18/5/1872)
Wahgunyah Hotel (1861)(John Foord)
Bank of Victoria. JF Daniell (T&C18/5/1872)
The two-storey Wahgunyah post office and residence was built in 1863. (see new post office)
The police station was founded in 1859. Mr Butler from Beechworth was the Magistrate.
Other things of interest The wooden shop adjacent the old post office was once one of a chain of Coffee Palaces or temperance hotels throughout Victoria.
See also Wahgunyah squatting run. By 1856 the town had a flour mill and soon after a bond store. The colonies of Victoria and New South Wales imposed customs duties on the trade across the river.
All Saints Estate winery was established in 1864 by George Smith. It is 4 km north-east of the town
St Leonards winery was established in 1862
Meyers Midarro winery (T&C18/5/1872)
Dr Peele (T&C18/5/1872)
Alexander Stewart was the butcher (Ensign23/12/1873)
EW Bayliss (T&C18/5/1872)
Wahgunyah and Cowra Wine Co (failed in 1876)
other wineries in the area (T&C18/5/1872)
Outbreak of pleuro pneumonia in the area (Argus1/12/79)
Links to the KellyGang
The police at Wahgunyah tried to stop the KellyGang from crossing the River Murray. (Argus4/11/78)
Members of the Wahgunyah community
James Chandler was the first farmer in the area.
G Anderson and S Rupin (Argus15/7/67)
Mr John Rowan, originator of the Wangaratta Dispatch, and latterly proprietor of the Wahgunyah Chronicle, died at Wahgunyah on Saturday last from congestion of the brain, caused by the habitual taking of laudanum.(Ensign11/7/1873)
What happened at Wahgunyah after the time of the KellyGang
In mid 1881 two of the trrackers from Queensland, Jim Crow and Billy Nut were taken to Wahgunyah, to search the Murray River for the body of a man drowned while bathing. After a day and a half searching and diving in the river, the trackers recovered the body three miles from where it was drowned, in 30 feet of water
What is happening at Wahgunyah today