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Queanbeyan Canberra Australian Capital Territory Australia
Situated across the border of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, Queanbeyan is growing city adjoining Canberra but with most of Queanbeyan being in NSW.
Queanbeyan - Aboriginal History
Originally was named Quinbean by the traditional owners and means clear waters in the language of the local aboriginal people.
Queanbeyan - History
Convict settler and previous innkeeper from Cambelltown called Timothy Beard set up squatter's rights on the banks of the Molonglo River and is credited as the first settler on what is now Queanbeyan. Early maps show that a dozen stations had established in the Molonglo, Gundaroo, Lake George and Bungendore area by 1833. By 1836 first Post Office in Queanbeyan was established to service settlers in Crawford Street and in 1837 the first resident Police Magistrate was appointed. Queanbeyan was proclaimed a township in 1838 with a population of some 50 souls.
Queanbeyan - Today
Now covering an area of some of 50 square kilometers, Queanbeyan has a population of some 30,000 souls.
Queanbeyan - Attractions
Steam train rides depart form station in Henderson St. Trinculoc. Self-guided town walks take in Byrne's Mill 1883 and Byrne's Mill House.
Queanbeyan - Nearby Attractions
Nearby is Bungendore: an historic country village is set in a picturesque valley near lake George. Take a scenic drive and 3 km walking trail provide spectacular views of Molonglo River and Molonglo Gorge. Googong Dam is great for fishing, bushwalks and picnicking; the London Bridge Woolshed and Shearers' Quarters offer a history of turn-of-the-century farming. Some 31 km away is Bywong Goldmining town: a re-creation of an early mining settlement.