Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Wellington, NSW

Mentioned Wellington NSW a few post back.  Whilst there in Winter 2017 I decided to have my hair cut short!  Found a hairdresser who had time to do it same day as I decided to have it cut short - the lady did a beautiful job. Haven't got a photo.  Have had the bob cut for several years it was time for a change.

Wellington was established in 1823 and was an agricultural station.  Squatters started settling along the Macquarie River and in 1832 a Church Missionary was established in the settlement to teach Christianity to the Aboriginal people of the area.   It took till 1885 for Wellington to be proclaimed a town.
Wellington is the second oldest NSW (New South Wales) settlement west of the Blue Mountains.
The town benefited by the development of the gold mining industry in the district from the 1850's.
These days the area of Wellington is the centre of rich agricultural land. While alfalfa and vegetables are grown on lands on the river, wheat, wool, lambs and beef cattle are grown on surrounding pastures.

Also not far from Wellington is the Macquarie Correctional Centre which opened in 2008.  A Probation and Parole Office was also opened in the centre of town.  Maximum security inmates are adjacent to the Correctional Centre.

Wellington is 354km north-west of Sydney.

The Prison was some distance from the road - and the photos are a bit far away but you get the idea.








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  1. It seems a very deserted area... this part of town

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    1. Nothing else there except the prison and 7km to town.

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  2. White people teaching christianity to aboriginals - now there is the root of troubles the world over.

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    1. Could have been but there were plenty of missionaries way back that did teach Christianity to the aboriginals here in Australia - it seemed the done thing.

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  3. The place looks like far from from any dwelling place..

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    1. It's about 7km from the town of Wellington, it's certainly out on it's own the prison.

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  4. Ilove the town which looks so spaciois and red Aussie soil

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  5. Las vallas que separan el espacio, ya indican el tipo de edificio a lo que sstá dedicado.

    Besos

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    1. That's very true, it usually appears to be a prison of some kind if a high fence like in the photo.

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  6. It looks very, very like our own Correctional Centre.

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    1. I just checked. Our correctional centre (wonderful euphemism) was also opened in 2008.

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    2. Oh really, didn't know there was one similar in the ACT, probably the same architect.

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  7. I wonder how the townsfolk like a gaol on their doorstep? I remember Wellington as a place where I competed in a swimming carnival 60 years ago.

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    1. I guess Wellington has changed since then Diane. I'm sure it's brought employment to the area, and the town folk that I talked to were ok with the jail, probably used to it by now.

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  8. I think it was a great idea to get a Correctional Centre out there.
    Open space areas might be good for the health and welfare of the inmates, and former criminally inclined "mates" would not venture out that far from the "delights" of Kings Cross, Oxford Street, Darlinghurst and that night club strip of Sydney. Good God, they may be subjected to fresh air!!!

    Plus the correctional centre would bring an extra income to town.
    Wellington is certainly a rich agricultural area.
    Good report Margaret.
    Colin

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    1. Plenty of open space some of it rather flat and about 7km from the town.

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  9. We have been to Wellington a few times such a lovely place

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  10. It could be a high school in the US---- well maybe without the fence.

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  11. The Correctional Centre looks quite stark against the rest of the pretty landscape.

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    1. It is stark and not much else around either, a lot of trees have been chopped down in that area.

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  12. It looks like some of the schools here, except the fence

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  13. As far as I can recall...I've not heard of Wellington, NSW before reading your current post.

    Interesting...thanks. :)

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    1. You are welcome Lee, we didn't even know that the Prison was there until this last visit.

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  14. Space........there is nothing like it, space.

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  15. i would LOVE to have a look of your new hair cut dear Margaret!

    i know you look more charming with it:)

    thank you for sharing the history of willington which sounds quite interesting to me .
    though the area had gold mines and wealth to groom yet it took quite long time to be proclaim a town .
    this is wonderful heaven for tourist i guess

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