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After Phillip Thorley,
a member of the first
Named by William
Millar, who settled in
the area in 1830.
After William, Duke of
Clarence, later to be
A land grant named Milbro
Dale by the Rev Richard
Hill after his mother, whose
name had been Marlborough,
which was commonly
shortened to Milbro.
After John Howe, leader of the
exploration party who were the first
Europeans to discover the area.
After a town on the
River Allyn in England.
opportunities also mean many people living
outside the local government area travel to
Singleton for work.
Singleton was ''the end of the line'' transport
wise in the early days of Australia's settlement
(the main north railway arrived in 1863 but did
not go further until 1869), but that did not stop
some of the wealthier inhabitants making it an
impressive place to live. The area is steeped in
history, in no small part due to fine old mansions
built in the 1800s.
Singleton has three main museums, the
Singleton Historic Society Museum in Burdekin
Park, the Royal Australian Infantry Corps
Museum at the nearby barracks and the Mercy
Convent Museum Sacred Spaces within the
grounds of the Convent of the Sisters of Mercy.
Fourth-generation Singleton woman Di
Sneddon believes the combination of a caring
community together with work opportunities
makes the area a great place to live.
Sneddon, the Singleton Argus editor, says
there are many advantages in living at
Singleton but the thing she is most proud of is
''It is our compassionate community spirit,''
says Sneddon, who has been heavily involved in
local netball and cricket organisations. ''There
is also an energetic momentum because of the
incredible opportunities within an extremely
''It is a safe and a spacious place to raise a
family. We have plenty of room for families to
enjoy their time together, fields and open spaces
The neighbouring local government area of
Dungog is known as a bushwalkers' paradise.
It is primarily dairying and beef cattle country,
with a town of character backed by magnificent
rolling hills. Rich in natural assets, the region
has mountain ranges, freshwater streams, clean
air and magnificent rural vistas. It's a must for
nature lovers, with a range of bushwalks.
Dungog Mayor Harold Johnston insists his
family's decision to join the 8000 population after
escaping to the countryside from Sydney about a
decade ago is one he has never regretted.
He says the area is made of villages and it is
this village atmosphere that is most appealing.
''There is always a sense of a small community
working together and looking after each other
that you don't get in bigger towns, and certainly
not at all in the city.'' he says.
''The environment is in many ways in
excellent condition and has not been ravaged by
mining. It is all natural here and we have good
''It is a community that is not too big or
not too small. Everyone talks to each other.
minutes because I have a good talk to people.
You couldn't be lonely if you wanted to be. If
you don't like people or want anonymity you
shouldn't come here.
''There are three museums and four community
halls with plenty happening in them as well.''
The town, established in 1834 as a military
command post for hunting bushrangers in the
area, built its prosperity on the local timber
industry and features many historic buildings
from this time in its colourful past.
Locals and visitors have plenty to do in this
picture-perfect part of the Hunter, for as well
as tours of historic sites and walking trips in
the Barringtons, the town plays host every year
to the world's biggest festival of Aussie films.
The festival is a drawcard for Australian and
international celebrities as it showcases new
and classic films, and the Spanish mission-style
facade of the town's cinema has become as well
recognised as the festival itself.
With the outdoors playing such a big role in the
life of the area another big event is the Dungog
Pedalfest in September, a celebration of cycling
with the beautiful Williams Valley as a backdrop.
The event has music, dancing, food, a film night
at the historic cinema, local markets and varied
cycling activities for all ages and abilities.
Yengo: The flat top of
Mount Yengo in Yengo
Photo Peter Rae
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