The administrative centre of the Wingecarribee Shire in the NSW Southern Highlands
, Moss Vale takes its name from Jeremy Moss, a stockman on the 390 hectare property owned by the district’s first settler, Charles Throsby. A noted explorer, Throsby took up his grant in 1819 and the town has developed on part of his original holding. Just outside the existing town limits, Throsby built a fine Georgian home for his nephew and namesake and his wife Elizabeth, who bore her husband 17 children in the family mansion. Throsby Park is now managed by the NSW Parks and Wildlife Service and the splendidly preserved homestead and its period furniture are open to the public. A great-great-grand-daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Throsby still lives on the property where she runs a riding school.
A town of 6000, Moss Vale supports regional horse and beef cattle studs. The region is also renowned for is cool climate gardens which give an English touch to the landscape. One of Australia’s most famous picnic race meetings is held annually at nearby Bong Bong. Moss Vale’s most outstanding feature is Leighton Park which runs half the length of the main street.
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