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Time Walks

Tumbarumba has a number of well preserved old buildings, such as the Court House and the Police Residence which were constructed in the 1880s, probably as a result of the discovery of gold in the area in 1855 which led to an influx of population.

Interpretive plaques with some background information on some of the buildings are placed a key points in the town. The Tumbarumba Historical Society has produced a small booklet on Walks around Tumbarumba that relate to events, places and people of historical interest; including one on the history of the town buildings with a suggested route to follow around town. This booklet is available from the Tumbarumba Visitor Information Centre for $5.00 to cover the printing cost.

One of the walks features the Maginnity Monument, located on Maginnity's Gap Road west of Tumbarumba. 

On Friday 24 June 1864 Sergeant David Maginnity was murdered while homeward bound on an overnight patrol from Tumbarumba to Copabella Station. His companion Constable Churchley told the story:  ‘At the foot of some falling ground I saw a man riding a brown horse; I said to the deceased “Who is that?” He made a similar remark and cantered past me, and pulled up alongside this man. The instant the deceased did so this man pulled his hand from his jacket and fired.’

This man was bushranger Dan Morgan, often ‘Mad Dan’ for good reason. Morgan terrorised landowners or accepted sympathisers ‘boltholes’ throughout the Eastern Riverina.

Morgan was spotted riding the Sergeant’s horse; he had tracked the dying man placing the body beside the road where it was found by the postman next day.

A week earlier Morgan had mortally wounded John McLean at Round Hill and even with £1000 reward on offer continued his rampage throughout the district, in the process murdering his chief pursuer, Sergeant Smyth.

Maginnity’s four children and pregnant wife, Mary were left to grieve. In time they thrived and today the Tumbarumba Museum, the Maginnity Monument and Walking Track recall difficult times. 

Drop into the Tumbarumba Visitor Information Centre for directions to the Maginnity Monument and Walking Track.