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Oldest slab house in Australia
Dubbo is home to Australia’s oldest standing slab house, Dundullimal Homestead, built in the 1840s and a National Trust property which is open to the public.
First Aboriginal policeman
Alec Riley was the first Aboriginal police tracker to reach the rank of sergeant and to receive the King’s Medal. The Tracker Riley Cycleway in Dubbo is named after him.
Largest collection of hangman’s ropes
The Old Dubbo Gaol has a history which dates from 1847 to 1966. This heritage listed site holds the largest collection of hangman’s ropes in NSW, features original prison artefacts and punishment instruments, animatronics displays and the exciting Spectravision holographic display recounting the life of ‘Nosey Bob’, the NSW executioner.
Robbery Under Arms
The author of what is considered one of Australia’s first ‘truly great quintessential Australian novels’, was Rolf Boldrewood, the pen-name used by Thomas Alexander Browne (1826-1915), Dubbo’s Police Magistrate from 1881-1884. “Robbery Under Arms” was first published as a serial in the Sydney Mail from July 1882, and later dramatised, filmed and published in many editions.
Australia’s funniest writer
According to the Australian Dictionary of Biography, Leonard Waldemere Lower was ‘probably’ born in 1903. The humorist and newspaper columnist known as ‘Lennie’ was for many years acclaimed as one of Australia’s funniest writers. Lennie’s father, who wrote music, was a member of the Dubbo Dramatic Society and the town band. Lennie’s one novel, “Here's Luck” (1930), became a classic of Australian humour.
Wine, cellars and medals
In 1870, Dubbo founder Jean Emile Serisier’s property “Eumalga” had the second-largest wine cellar in NSW, with 50,000 vines and 10 grape varieties. In 1892, “Mount Olive” owned by Fred Kurtz, won many medals for his wine at the Melbourne and Chicago (USA) as well as the Grand National Prize in Bathurst.