In 1851 gold was discovered in the Adelong Creek which ran through Middle Adelong and Wondalga in NSW. The gold attracted large numbers of men who came to find their fortunes. During the rush to find gold, the population was estimated to be in the thousands.
At the height of the gold rush, two villages, Middle Adelong and Wondalga, were laid out but these never developed beyond a few houses. Some of the miners settled in the area where they continued to mine for gold. Others purchased land and planted orchards and raised livestock. Schools were built, as were post offices and a church. Since the height of the gold rush the population has gradually decreased and the schools and post offices have long closed, leaving a tranquil farming community.
Softcover, 25cm, 77 pages, indexed, b&w photos
Philippa Garnsey, 2018