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Bong Bong was established by Governor Macquarie beside a cobbled ford across the Wingecarribee River on the old South Road, which ran from Liverpool and the Camden district south of Sydney through Bong Bong to Sutton Forest. Travelling south were optimistic settlers with flocks of sheep and herds of cattle looking for cheap land and a new start: travelling north were drays loaded with wool for the Sydney market. To service their needs were the Argyle Inn, blacksmiths, wheelwrights, stores and a major military establishment.
The exhibition, curated by the Bong Bong Common Management Committee is on the second floor of Harper’s Mansion and features documents and photographs to illustrate this first settlement, the several attempts to improve the river crossing and how the site has been used to the present.