Attention history buffs and fortune hunters!
Lot 71 Barry Rd Hanging Rock, NSW 2340
A 1736 m2 block at the intersection of Barry road and Forest Way is offered for sale. Being a former site of “Our House Inn”, first licensed to sell liquor in 1860 in the gold rush days, it presents an interesting opportunity.
Former water race used for washing gold cuts through the block and below is a quote from Wikipedia:
“During 1853, American gold miners dug, an approximately 23 km, water race from Callaghans Swamp to underneath the Hanging Rock cliff face. Also that year Californians dug another water race from the swamp at the head of Dangars Gully to Nuggety Gully. In 1882, it took about twelve months to cut a 13 km water race from the Barnard River on the eastern side of the rough mountainous Great Dividing Range to the western side of the Range. Just south of Hanging Rock village are the Sheba Dams (with a surface area of 3.6 ha) which were erected by hand over a three-week period in 1888 to serve the sluicing needs of the miners. This construction was carried out by the Mt Sheba Company which leased the water rights for the area. Other water races were also constructed to feed various other mines around Bowling Alley Point and Hanging Rock.”
Link to an article about history of Hanging Rock among other places. Section 5.4.3 mentions former hotel on site. https://www.tamworth.nsw.gov.au/ArticleDocuments/221/2.07.5_Thematic_History_of_Nundle_Manilla_and_Barraba_Attachment-small.pdf.aspx
Topography: undulating, cleared block.
Soil: chocolate basalt
Rainfall: approximately 1100mm/annual
Climate: cool temperate with occasional winter snow.