Settlement of the Jerilderie District
Establishment of the Town of Jerilderie
The earliest European settlers to come into the Jerilderie District entered from the east, traveling down the Murrumbidgee River from that part of the country once known as "Australia Felix", the area of Australia between Sydney and Port Phillip travelled by Major Mitchell in his explorations of 1836.
Prior to the Crown Lands Occupation Act of 1836 no settlement was permitted beyond Mount Bowning, near Yass. While settlement may not have been allowed, that is not to say that it did not in fact occur, and there is ample anecdotal information to suggest that it actually did happen prior to that date.
Read more in the Settlement of the Jerilderie District document.