Walgett, meaning the meeting of two rivers, was proclaimed a settlement in March of 1885. In this era the township was served by paddle steamers, used to carry the produce of the area – wool, dried fruit and livestock. It was a Walgett man, Frederick York Wolseley who decided that the hand shearing sheep needed to be upgraded, and so in 1867 he began experimenting to design the first mechanical sheep shearing hand piece. Charles Sturt explored the region in the vicinity of the Barwon River in about 1829 and two of the first settlers in the area were a Mrs Ulambie and Mr Henry Cox who arrived in 1848. Mr Cox was the owner of the “Wareena Run”, which became the site of the town of Walgett. The township was surveyed by Arthur Dewhurst in July 1859. As late as 1920, paddle steamers were still plying their trade along the river, although their heyday was the year of 1880. The “Brewarrina”, “Ellen”, “Sturt” and “Wandering Jew” were some of the famous craft that frequented Walgett’s port at the Dangar Bridge.

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