New heritage signs depicting some of the Young shire’s most significant early history were installed at four locations this week.
The signs, similar in design and construction as the existing heritage signs in Boorowa Street, comprise a photograph or artist impression and an extended caption.
Two of the signs are linked to the town’s gold rush history, one involves the infamous bushranger Ben Hall and another harkens back to early settlement.
One of the signs has been placed next to Carrington Park beside an existing notice announcing the location of the Reading of the Riot Act in 1861. With a portrayal of a skirmish between the European miners and the Police on horseback, the notes recount the discovery of gold at Lambing Flat, the attacks on the Chinese miners and the reading of the Riot Act.
Another sign installed in Gordon Street is headed “Lutpon’s Lookout” and covers the shooting of miner William Lupton in 1861 during an attack on the Police Camp situated in the existing Young High School.
A shoot out between bushrangers Ben Hall, John Gilbert and two police constables at the Bang Bang Hotel at Koorawatha in 1864 is the subject of another new sign installed at the village of Koorawatha. During the firing one ball of the revolver ricocheted into the public house. Another key figure of the day, police inspector Sir Frederick Pottinger, arrived with reinforcements following the exchange.
James White’s Sheep Yard, used around 1830 – 1860 is subject of the final new sign installed this week. James White was the original white settler of the area and the sheep yards were located in Thornhill Street.
The latest heritage sign installation has been welcomed by Tourism Manager David Newberry.
Mr Newberry said the newest signs were part of an ongoing program to record and promote Young’s gold rush history.