Doing it in Deni

  • A photo of the Edward River lines with large gum trees

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    Red river gums in Deniliquin

  • A photo of the Edward River lined with large gum trees

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    Red river gums in Deniliquin

  • A photo of the Edward River lined with large gum trees

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    The banks of the Edward River

  • A photo of the Edward River lined with large gum trees

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    The banks of the Edward River

  • A photo of the Deniliquin Historical Society Museum showing the exterior surrounded by a white picket fence

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    Deniliquin Historical Society Museum

    perfectly positioned beside the Edward River.

  • A photo of a tree stump with a metal plaque stating "This resting place commemorates the naming of the town Deniliquin. Legend has it that the name is derived from 'Denilikoon' a chief of the Edward River Aborigines

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    Deniliquin name plaque

    located in the garden of the Historical Society Museum.

  • A handwritten letter displayed in a glass cabinet. It is opened out to show the folded flaps of the letter

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    Letter from a local soldier

    written during the assault on Turkey, World War I. Deniliquin Historical Society Museum.

  • A display of items used by the Red Cross including bandages and dressings and a photo of a nurse wearing the Red Cross uniform

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    A collection of Red Cross items

    on display at the Deniliquin and District Historical Society Museum

  • A display of shearing tools and blades

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    A display of shearing related objects

    Deniliquin Historical Society Museum.

  • A photo of a display of old typewriters, film projectors and similar technologies.

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    A collection of technology

    including typewriter and film projector on display at the Deniliquin Historical Society Museum.

Known locally as ‘Deni’, Deniliquin sits on the edge of the Edward River and a small branch of the Murray River in south western NSW. Framed by majestic river gums, the town is one of the most picturesque in NSW and testament to the transformative power of water in an otherwise dry land.

Springing up in the spot where drovers forded the river with their stock, the town abounds with things to see and do. The river meanders through the town centre flanked by well-tended parkland and fringed with rose gardens. Much has been done to show the town and its heritage to advantage.

Best approach to uncovering Deniliquin’s heritage is to head to the Visitor Centre. Here you can find ‘what’s on’ and take a look at the Peppin Heritage Centre which presents the history of the merino and a well-articulated agricultural perspective on the region. They have a good mix of local exhibitions and contemporary shows like the Bald Archies and Art Express.

Back this up with a visit to the Deniliquin and District Historical Society Museum. They’re custodians of the some of the stories of the Long Paddock stock route and spending an hour there gives you a nice snapshot of the past. Located in the former Police Inspectors residence, the museum is right on the river’s edge and features displays on the life of local residents; the annual picnic races, the role of the Red Cross and stories from the early days of settlement. They also have a rose garden to delight.

They’re custodians of the some of the stories of the Long Paddock stock route and spending an hour there gives you a nice snapshot of the past.

Deniliquin borders the Murray River National Park and the Barmah Wetlands, an area rich in bird and wildlife featuring some of the world's largest red gum forests. It’s not hard to see why the Aboriginal people prospered there – the region being home to three major groups of the area; the Barapa Barapa, Wampa Wampa and the Yorta Yorta peoples. The name Deniliquin being derived from Denilakoon, a local Aboriginal chief noted for his size, strength and his wrestling ability.

Deniliquin is a perfect stop on a long trip as well as a destination in its own right. You’ll be close to the paddle steamer at Echuca on the winding waterway of the mighty Murray, within easy reach of Jerilderie and bushranger country and merely a hop, skip and a jump to Victoria.

 

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