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One of the original properties in the Kelly Country

Nearest towns

History at Maindample before the KellyGang

First taken up in the late 1830s. Originally it was part of the Watson and Hunter empire that was based at Wappan and included Barjar, Dueran, Maindample, Mt Battery, Preston,and Loyola. The licence was first held by Thomas Willis and William Highett.(27,000 acres)

Where did the name Maindample come from

The original aboriginal owners

The first selectors



Original neighbouring properties




Mount Battery

What was Maindample like in the late 1870's

In the early 1870s Maindample was a gold mining area. But do it last for long? (Alexandra2/10/1868)

Harry Knight's reef (Alexandra10/11/1868)

There were also a number of small farmers. (Alexandra12/6/1868)

The town had been laid out and blocks were sold.(Alexandra27/10/1868)(Alexandra17/12/1869)

Links to the KellyGang

In about 1871 Wild Wright stole a horse from the Maindample school teacher William Adair and gave it to Ned Kelly.

Robert George Duff was the agent at Maindample park. He gave evidence at the trial id Walter Lynch. (Argus18/3/79)

Rivers Creeks and Hills near Maindample

What happened at Maindample after the time of the Kelly Gang

In about 1891 the police station at Maindample was closed

What is happening at Maindample today