Photo: Tim Bean Photography

Gunning’s 200th birthday celebrations finally made it through the door last weekend drawing visitors and locals alike to the small town.

John Shaw, former Gunning Shire Council Mayor and Chairman of Gunning Bicentenary Committee, said it was great to see it all come together.

“Obviously, it’s been hampered by COVID but we’re doing what we can and we’re happy.”

Plans for Gunning’s bicentenary celebrations were cancelled last October due to COVID-19 concerns.

Gunning Co-ordinating Comittee. (Front) Belinda Neame and Vikki Banett. (Back) Jenny Medway, Susie Shaw, Frank Hannan, John Shaw, and Graham Dyer. Not pictured are Mike Coley, Cr John Searl and Melinda Medway (Photo: Tim Bean Photography)

“The planning has been on the go for about 18 months,” John said. But the Gunning Bicentenary Committee has been meeting for just over a year.

“It has been a long time coming,” he said. “We know it’s 201 years this year, but that’s by the by.”

Traditional owners of the land around Gunning were Gundungurra and Ngunawal mobs and it’s been suggested that the Pajong ‘Fish River Tribe’ also lived in the area. However, Gunning and the surrounding area is now mapped as Ngunnawal land.

John said Gunning had a centenary in 1921 that the committee is basing the dates off.

Original settlers arrived in 1821, including Hamilton Hume (after whom the Hume Highway is named), who established a sheep property in the area.

By about 1848 the town had 95 residents, the general store, and a hotel.

The newly elected Upper Lachlan Shire Council Mayor and Deputy Mayor Cr Pam Kensit and Cr Mandy McDonald unveiled a plaque underneath the original centenary plaque outside Gunning Library.

Both Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor and State Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman were also in attendance on Saturday for the event.

Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor, State Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman, Upper Lachlan Shire Council Mayor Pan Kensit, John Shaw and Cr John Searl (Photo: Tim Bean Photography)

Like many towns in the area Gunning also sports a relatively new EV Charging Station leading to the showing of an electric vehicle, a vintage car from the mid 1920s, and representative of the typical transportation in the 1820s – a horse and carriage.

Musicians from around the region gathered on Sunday afternoon to perform for a full house at the old Gunning Courthouse.

The Gunning and District Historical Society opened the Pye Cottage on Yass Street and the old Gaol cells for public viewing and the Show Society, at last, held their delayed Gunning Glitz and Glamour Gala in the Garden at the Old Coach Stables on Saturday.

By Brianna O’Rourke