George Rowarth

George Rowarth's cottage
George Rowarth's Gulley under the Merriwa Road


Written by Neil Barwick

                                                                                                                                                           George Rowarth drew Farm 45 in the Warrah 1912 subdivision ballot. He farmed this block until he sold in 1954 to W (Bill) Daly.

George was a bachelor and a tall thin man.  Every Friday afternoon, he would harness up his horse and drive the sulky via Swinging Ridges Road to Ardglen to spend the weekend with family members, returning on the Monday morning to work on his Farm.

Just below and running through his Farm on the Merriwa Road is a deep gully with a large water catchment area up the valley.  This gully is still known by the ‘locals’ as “George Rowarth’s Gully” and probably has been for 100 years.

The cottage on the Farm was still being used into the 1960’s on a casual basis by the McCrae brothers while they were share-farming on Tom Cropper’s “Green Hills Station”, however is now in a state of extreme disrepair.

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06.01 | 15:43

Which farm did "Pop Mackelvane" have, I was there during the last part of the second war.

21.11 | 15:34

We had a property, "Werribon" on the road that intersected with the road where Binghams store (name?) was to go to St. Josephs in Quirindi on Rafie's bus.

21.11 | 15:28

I remember the excitement of Rafie getting the "cab-over" bus and used to ride up front with him. We had a property, Werribon, just down the road (name??) from

16.11 | 21:09

I found this a very interesting page, even though I am from WA all the old farm practices were practically the same.
Rita Stinson

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