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Wollondilly's Agricultural Past
Wollondilly Harvest Experience
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Our Agricultural Past : History Of Farming In Picton and Wollondilly

Wollondilly Shire Council is keen to support the ongoing agricultural traditions of this area. Agriculture in Wollondilly dates back to 1795 when the famous straying "Wild Cattle of the Cowpastures" a valuable food source for the fledgling colony were found at Mt Taurus, Menangle.

"Governor Hunter and a small search party forded the river (Camden), rode to a hill, which they climbed (Mt Taurus, Menangle) and were immediately surprised to find "a fine herd of cattle, upwards of forty in number, grazing in a pleasant and apparently fertile pasturage"

Governor Lachlan Macquarie arrived in Sydney in 1809 to take control of the colony. A riding party including Governor Macquarie and Captain Henry Colden Antill were sent out to the Cowpastures to inspect the Colony herd. The men rode over the Razorback Range and came to Stonequarry Creek (historical name of Picton Village). Antill was impressed by the beautiful rich countryside, part of which was later granted to him for his private estate "Jarvisfield" (now Antill Park Country Golf Club).

The herd had increased over the years to number in the 1,000's and were both tame and wild herds. In 1812 Governor Macquarie restricted entry to the Cowpastures (Wollondilly) to stop thieves, including escaped convicts (we now call them Bushrangers), from stealing the cattle as a food supply.

The wild cattle were then herded into the Burragorang Valley area and through the future Picton, Tahmoor and Bargo districts as far south as Goulburn to allow the valuable farming lands of the Cowpastures to be granted to suitable applicants.

Source: "History of the Forbidden Land" - Fowler & Knox

Wollondilly is still a strong agricultural area today, supplying fruit, vegetables, dairy, poultry, beef and a wide variety of boutique products to the Sydney market and beyond.

Come and visit, taste the area through our produce, experience life the way it used to be in an area which prides itself on moving forward whilst preserving our rural way of life.

Images courtesy Wollondilly Library
Sheep at Jooriland : Our Agricultural Past : History Of Farming In Picton and Wollondilly

Flour Mill : Our Agricultural Past : History Of Farming In Picton and Wollondilly

Milking at Ellensville : Our Agricultural Past : History Of Farming In Picton and Wollondilly

Rotolactor : Our Agricultural Past : History Of Farming In Picton and Wollondilly




Wollondilly Harvest Experience
Wollondilly Harvest Experience
Wollondilly Harvest Experience