History of Murrumbidgee

Murrumbidgee Council's area has a rich and diverse history.


Jerilderie has a fascinating history which includes Ned Kelly and Australia's greatest military mind, General Sir John Monash.

White settlement of the town

In 1879, the Ned Kelly gang carried out an audacious raid on Jerilderie, stealing more than 2,000 pounds from the Bank of New South Wales, holding a number of residents hostage and locking the police in their own cells. >> Read more: Ned Kelly Connection

General Sir John Monash - Sir John Monash was an honoured military commander. He lived in Jerilderie and attended the Public School from 1874 to 1977. You'll find him on Australia's $100 note. Our local historian, Laurie Henery, has compiled a very information account of our Monash's life and achievements. >> Read more. 

Find out about the campaign to have General Sir John Monash GCMG KCB VD promoted to the rank of Field Marshal by 11 November 2018 here: http://www.salutingmonash.org.au/

Darlington Point 

Darlington Point was first established as a river crossing town with pastoral leases. From 1850 Paddle steamers transported produce, with a redgum wharf being built in 1881. Old wharf pylons can still be seen 200 metres upstream from the caravan park.

Travellers once crossed the river by punt. A singe bascule bridge was later built to accommodate both road and river traffic and remained in use until 1979. The magnificent old bridge was re-assembled at the entrance to the Darlington Point Caravan Park by engineering students from the University of NSW and the community.

Irrigation has enabled the development of intensive fruit, vegetable, grain and rice production. The district is an important part of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area food bowl, exporting outstanding produce all over the world.

The area has a strong indigenous connection. The Warangesda Aboriginal Mission was located in the town. It ran as a mission from 1880 to 1884 and an Aboriginal Station from 1884 to1926. Today is owned by the King family. The station is not open to the public.

The Darlington Point Museum and collections within are managed by Heritage Darlington Point. Heritage Darlington Point aims to raise awareness of local heritage and history as well as preserving and maintaining various collections held within the Darlington Point Museum. The museum opens on special days throughout the year.

heritage booklet 


History of Murrumbidgee Council