The Plan of Wellwood Estate was gifted to Orange City Council by Charles Sturt University in 2009 and is on show for the next three weeks in the foyer of Orange Regional Gallery (next door to the Library in Byng Street). Recently the map has undergone extensive conservation works from the generous support of the Orange Regional Arts Foundation.
The map is of immense importance to the history of settlement of Fredericks Valley (just east of Orange along the Mitchell Highway) and a vital artefact in the colonial history of our district.
Sydney Surveyor A W Meikle produced this detailed hand painted map for Andrew Kerr Esquire in 1842. Kerr built a homestead and leased the Southwest corner of his land for a small settlement which provided services both to travellers along the highway and to adjoining properties. He was onto something there!
Discover a fascinating piece of our local history, see the map up close (pictured) and portraits of Andrew and his wife Eliza (pictured)at the Gallery. And you can purchase your own A3 size colour copy of the Wellwood Plan from Orange City Library for $20. Makes a great gift!