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Tracey’s Travel Diary

Sunday, 07 Oct 2007

Location: Armidale, Australia

MapYesterday I took the train to Uralla which is 20 minutes south of Armidale on the train. It is a small town with a population of 2,300. It was a very warm day and I decided I would take a walk to Gostwyck which was 11 kilometres away from the edge of town. There were no walking paths so I walked along the road but it was very quiet. Now is the time of year when the ewes have their little lambs and the cows have their calves. The cattle were either Herefords or Angus but I still have to learn my sheep breeds - there were some Merino looking sheep. Gostwyck church is quite small but probably not as small as Capel y ffin and it is best to take pictures in the Autumn when the Virginia creeper smothering the church is red. Also nearby is the octagonal Deeargee Woolshed that was built for 32 shearers to shear 75,000 sheep. When I arrived back into town I went to the museum which was a converted mill and I learnt all about Captain Thunderbolt (his real name being Fred Ward). He was a bit of a horse thief and there had been a reward of 400 pounds for his capture. He was shot by a constable after a chase and he was buried in Uralla. After the museum I then went to see his grave at the pioneers cemetry. Also near Uralla you can go fossicking for gold - perhaps I will go and find some gold another time.