History Matters || The story of Glencoe

Glencoe: The old Glencoe Hotel and railway station.
Glencoe: The old Glencoe Hotel and railway station.

The lavishly illustrated Glencoe Village and District of 191 pages, is hot off the press!

Meticulously researched and written by Olga Dawes, with additional research and index by Kiz McKenzie, it begins:

"Glencoe is a village on the Northern Tablelands of NSW, nestled at the foot of the Ben Lomond Range.

"It's elevation is 1150 metres. The village is located on the New England Highway, approximately 22 kilometers south of Glen Innes.

"In 1848 an Act was passed and a proclamation made by the Colonial Secretary, that applications were invited for pastoral runs in the New England area. Lessees lost no time in lodging applications and these were frequently gazetted.

"The run in which the present day village is located was Marouan Station.

"It had been taken up by W H Windeyer and F Eldershaw.

"It had an area of about 17,000 acres and an estimated carrying capacity of 300 cattle and 4,000 sheep.

"There were no fences in those days as boundaries between runs were identified by the hills between them.

"Glencoewas the name the Honourable John Wetherspoon gave to his property, south of Glen Innes when he selected 1748 acres of land c. 1871.

"It was part of the original Marouan Station. In naming it John was remembering Scotland, the country of his birth.

"The Great Northern Railway came through in the early 1880s.

"A railway station was built at Glencoe and the village, proclaimed in 1890 grew up around it.

"At one time Glencoe had a sawmill, erected by Mr. Lazer; a baker's shop; a butchers shop, two general stores, a hotel and a church.

"The church and railway station were the first public buildings erected in Glencoe.

"In the late 1930s and 1940s bread and meat came from Ben Lomond..."

The work has a comprehensive 32 page index of images and names. So many families!

It will be launched at 2pm at the Museum's Golden Anniversary Australia Day Fair Sunday, January 26.

A fair with a variety of stalls, children's activities, antiques appraisals, early craft and trade demonstrations, Illuminated addresses exhibition, car rally, opening of the Jeanie Ross Fraser Memorial Medical Wing and much more.

Unfortunately model railway cancelled.