Historic Buildings in Walcha

Settled in the early 1800’s, Walcha lays claim to being New England’s first and oldest town.

Many buildings are impressive in stature, have an interesting story and are worthy of inspection. These include the banks and public buildings such as the Court House and Post Office, all in Derby Street.

Typical country hotels are exemplified by the Commercial, Royal, Apsley and New England. The Walcha Ex-Services Memorial Club has been remodelled from the former ‘Commercial Banking Company of Sydney’ building (today known as National Australia Bank). This bank then built, in 1909, where the current NAB remains today.

The three churches all have a history dating back more than a century. The first Catholic Chapel in Walcha was erected in 1854. The first Presbyterian church was built during 1857 and was a small wooden building. It was replaced by the present church, which was opened on 5th May, 1888. The stone built Anglican Church was erected in 1862.

A John Oxley Cairn has been erected near the Mill Hole in Derby Street and one kilometre south from there is the Historic homestead of “Langford”, built close to the campsite of John Oxley in 1818. The building of Langford commenced in April 1903 and was completed by October 1904.

Langford tours are available by prior arrangement 02 6778 0395.

Another charming building is Fenwicke House just over the bridge, east of the Apsley River in Fitzroy Street. A cafe has been established in the quaint 19th century terrace house.

The Pioneer Cottage and Museum offers a fabulous exhibit of relics from yesteryear, this is also where the Tiger Moth aeroplane, first used in aerial agriculture, is on display, it is a must whilst visiting Walcha.

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