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Find Mittagong

The town of Mittagong is situated 110 kilometres south of Sydney.

European exploration of the area, originally inhabited by the indigenous Dharawal people, began in 1798 when ex-convict John Wilson and his party visited the area. John Warby, the Hume brothers (1814), John Oxley (1815) and the party of Charles Throsby (1817-1819) further investigated the region.

Access to the area was created by the construction of the Old South Road from 1819-1821.

Fitzroy Inn, Mittqagong

William Charker commenced grazing in the district in 1821 and was granted land in 1823.

The Kangaroo Inn (1827) was the first built at Lower Mittagong on the Old South Road. The construction of a new road via Berrima during the 1830s resulted in publicans opening inns along the new road. The Kangaroo Inn was relocated to the northern end of modern-day Mittagong while the Woolpack Inn was built by John Charker at the southern end. The Fitzroy Inn (1845) is now the Oaklands Guesthouse and the Prince Albert Hotel, also built that year, is now the Motel Poplars.

Bushrangers were active in the area between the 1830s and 1870s.

The colony's first iron smelter was established in 1848 to process iron deposits that had been found in the area as early as 1833. A labour force settlement was established as a result of this enterprise. However, despite early promise the venture was wound up in 1857. It was briefly restarted under new ownership in 1863, but they shut down in 1866. Coal mining commenced in the 1870s. Tooth's Maltings opened in 1899, finally closing in 1981 after a fire at the plant.

Mittqagong Streetscape

A post office, the settlement's first, opened in 1862. Both a Catholic and public school were established three years later. A rail connection from Picton was made in 1867. The stone St Stephen's Church of England (1876-78) was designed in Gothic-style by architect Edmund Blacket. The town's first substantial church, however, was the Methodist Church in 1866.

Mittagong Visitor Information Centre
Information: Open: Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm; Saturday to Sunday from 9am to 4pm.
Phone: 02 4871 2888; 1300 657 559
Fax: 02 4871 3515

62-70 Main Street
Mittagong NSW

Postal Address:

PO Box 305
Mittagong NSW 2575

Email: wingtour@wsc.nsw.gov.au
Website: http://www.southern-highlands.com.au/



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