Famous for: Thomas Icely, owner of historical Coombing Park established Mandurama for the workers from his property
Historical Milestones: Established in 1876 as a privately owned village for the workers of Thomas Icely’s property, Coombing Park. The name of the village is derived from the Wiradjuri word for “water holes. During this period the village was a busy place with community halls, a police station, banks, hotel, hospital, churches and a picture theatre! Nearby Junction Reefs was a rich gold mining area in the 1880s. Mandurama was also the central subject of treasured set of photographs known as the Mandurama Collection (1865 to 1935).
What you can expect now: The village amenities include a general store and café, hotel, service station, recreation facilities and other services. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes and countryside, home to some significant homesteads. Take a drive out on Burnt Yards Rd to Errowanbang and witness the beautiful scenery.
Key events to plan for:
- Millamolong Polo Weekends – March and May
- Anzac Day memorial – April
Must see and do:
- Bakers Shaft Reserve at Junction Reefs for picnics and fishing
- Enjoy the challenge of the Sunny Ridge Golf course
- Explore the village shops and parks
- Drive the back roads to Orange, Bathurst or Canowindra for some spectacular scenery.
Thomas Icely, (1797 – 1874) founding father of this region:
Thomas Icely was an early colonial landholder and stockbreeder. He was granted large land holdings from 1823. He later purchased land as well with his main holding, Coombing Park being established in 1831. He established Carcoar for law and order and other services in 1839. Later, to further support his holdings, he established Mandurama for his workers. His name is also associated with the introduction of Shorthorn stock into Australia.
A magistrate and consistent supporter of the Governor he served on the Legislative Council from 1864. He was the first lessee of Elizabeth Farm to which he retired with his family in 1869
and where he died on 13 February 1874.