Milparinka's heyday has long since past

Posted by barbara on January 21, 2012

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Approaching Milparinka (296 km north of Broken Hill, 39 km south of Tibooburra and 1,465 km from Sydney), first settled by Europeans in the early 1880s as the first permanent township in the Albert Goldfields.

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The township of Milparinka is accessed via a road across Evelyn Creek, the water source that made mining in the parched north-western NSW goldfields, including at Tibooburra.

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Evelyn Creek, whose reliable waterholes made mining and habitation possible in far north-western NSW. There is some suggestion that Milparinka was named after the local Aboriginal word meaning 'water may be found here'.

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A few kilometres off the Silver City Highway, the old gold mining settlement frequently referred to as a ghost town, relies on a metallic cast of extras to people its historic streetscape.

Hats off to the hardy individuals who searched for gold at Mount Brown and Albert, diggings within reach of Milparinka's all important waterhole on Evelyn Creek.

The said creek was named by explorer Charles Sturt who camped at the nearby Preservation creek for six months in 1845.

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Refurbished sandstone buildings endure the punishing heat and sporadic rains.

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This wall commemorates generations of local people who lived in the Milparinka area.

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