This once regal looking property in Sofala was unoccupied when we were there five years ago and looked like it needed restoring badly. I haven’t been able to find out the history of this one but it looks like it would have been owned by someone quite well-to-do.
During the 1851 gold rush in this region the masses followed the gold along the river but after heavy rains and reports of other finds many migrated to where the “bullock track between Mudgee and Bathurst forded the Turon River”. This site was surrounded on all sides by towering mountains and it was here along the river’s banks that half of the Turon’s overal population of over 2,000 settled in an area of less than 20 acres. Visualise the mass line of tents, with no sanitation or general cleanliness, the frost and snow that blankets this area in winter and the stinking heat in the summer. The Sydney Morning Herald of 21st July 1851 announced that this settlement would be known as Sofala, so named after a district in Mozambique.