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Culcairn  New South Wales

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Between Wagga Wagga and Albury-Wodonga, Culcairn’s abundant water supply - courtesy of a huge artesian basin - is manifest in the healthy trees which line its streets and the shrubs and flowers that adorn private and public gardens.

But the lush prosperity of the place belies a particularly violent incident of its past when bushranger Dan (Mad Dog) Morgan, who terrorised the region for four years, shot dead John McLean at Round Hill Station in 1864 during a particularly bizarre episode in the outlaw's reign.

McLean’s grave is well marked and you can tour Round Hill Station. Although the region continues to cash-in on the Morgan connection, the town - laid out 15 years after Morgan's death in an 1865 ambush - does have its own historic identity which is preserved in some notable old buildings, several of which have been classified by the National Trust.

When the Culcairn Hotel was built in 1891 it was the largest hotel between Sydney and Melbourne and it still turns heads, especially with its centrepiece leadlight window which dominates an entire wall of the dining room.


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