This Lachlan River centre takes its title from the first Chief Justice of NSW, Sir Francis Forbes, whose egalitarian principles so endeared him to the miners who flocked to the area in the wake of German Harry’s discovery of gold in 1861, that they named the shanty digging town after him.
Bush ranger Ben Hall, too, was known to embrace his code of egalitarianism, but it cut no ice with the local police who ambushed and gunned him down just outside the town in 1865. The bushranger is buried in the town cemetery alongside Ned Kelly’s sister, Kate Foster, and Rebecca Shields, Captain Cook’s niece. Hall paraphernalia anchors the Forbes Historical Museum collection, while the Lachlan Vintage Village recreates the first gold mining settlement.
Forbes is fondly regarded for the quality of its parkland, much of which interacts with Lake Forbes, a large lagoon which divides much of the town. The parkland is also central to the Festival of Roses in November, while Forbes celebrates music with a Jazz Festival in January and the Bush Traditions Folk Festival in August.
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