Out in granite country

Out in granite country

The way up onto the Great Dividing Range encounters many waterfalls:

Dangar Falls near Dorrigo, early on a misty morning
Ebor Falls
Wollomombi Falls are one of the highest falls in Australia, just a trickle
Dangars Falls (with an S, near Armidale)

I stand over the trickle of water and my imagination fails to see how such liquid material gouged out this epic gorge.

Dangars Gorge

Henry Dangar (1796 – 1861) was a surveyor and explorer who became a successful pastoralist and businessman, and also served as a magistrate and politician. His name is despised among the Anaiwan and Kamilaroi people of the region. Nancy Gray’s biography in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 1, (MUP), 1966 makes no mention of the Aboriginal massacres.

On the 10th of June 1838, 28 Aboriginal men, women and children were massacred at Slaughterhouse Creek on Henry Dangar’s run. At least one of his stockmen took part. This was the Myall Creek massacre in near Bingara, north west of here. It was recorded that Dangar’s overseer, William Hobbs, informed Frederick Foot, a Gwydir squatter of the massacre and Foot rode down to Sydney to report massacre directly to Governor Gipps. Eleven men were tried in the first trial, and seven men were hung.

Styx River forest, near Tom’s Cabin, New England NP
Styx River near Tom’s Cabin, a beautiful bright flow – ‘Styx this black water, this down-pouring.’ Robert Duncan, Styx
Cathedral Rock NP
Shearing sheds, New England


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