PHOTO GALLERY OF YEOVAL: Click any image to view the larger image Gallery Slide Show.
Yeoval is a lovely rural town in Central NSW. It is 40 km from Wellington along the Renshaw McGirr Way.
From Orange it is approximately an 80 minute drive via Molong. Molong is the beginning of the Animals on Bikes tourist route via Obley Road. View the Animals On Bikes as you travel 24 km to Cumnock and then a further 24 km along the Obley Road to Yeoval. Continue along Obley Road, with more Animals on Bikes, for another 70 km to Dubbo.
A. B. ‘Banjo’ Paterson, one of Australia’s famous poets, spent his early childhood on a local Yeoval property - 'Buckinbah Station' and Banjo's life is reflected and celebrated throughout Yeoval.
Sitting on the cross roads of Molong, Dubbo and Wellington - Yeoval is at the centre of the Dubbo-Wellington-Parks triangle on the NSW western plains.
At Banjo Paterson Bush Park take the Poet’s Walk or the newly developed bike track. Along the walk there are carved slate seats - take the time to breathe the fresh country air, enjoy the peace and beauty of the country and its wildlife.
In the centre of town, on the corner of Forbes and Lachlan Streets, is Buckinbah Park, right next door to The Yeoval Historical Museum. Buckinbah Park has sheltered tables and seating surrounded by a range of trees planted on 'Tree Planting Days' over the past few years. Metal art sculptures are placed throughout the park. The park name relates back to the property and home of the young A B Banjo Paterson - Buckinbah Station which was located on the outskirts of Yeoval.
The Yeoval Historical Museum is open on the 1st Thursday morning of every month and by request anytime.
Banjo Paterson Bush Park is alongside Buckinbah Creek at the junction of Forbes St, Molong St and Renshaw McGirr Way.
On one side of Molong street, along the creek area, there is a lovely park and picnic area where you can stop, rest and enjoy a picnic lunch at sheltered tables.
On the opposite side of Molong Street is the Bush Park with an eye-catching centrepiece of an enormous abstract sculpture of a detached head of the English sculptor Henry Moore. The sculpture at six metres high and weighing six tonnes is one of the largest public art works in Australia.
It was done by Henry Moore's protégé Drago Marin Cherina.
Made out of bronze and with a large pole with supporting beams up the middle, Drago said he felt like his mentor Henry Moore was 'larger than life' and wanted to reflect that with the size of the sculpture.
Henry Spencer Moore OM CH FBA (1898 – 1986) was an English sculptor and artist best known for his abstract monumental bronze sculptures located around the world as public works of art.
The sculpture was donated to Yeoval by the Waterhouse family.
It took three years for Yeoval businessman Alf Cantrell, to organise and transport the sculpture from its original home in the Hunter Valley to Yeoval - where it now stands proudly in the Banjo Paterson Bush Park.
(See photographs in the Gallery Slide Show)
17 February 1864 - 5 February 1941 - 'Banjo' Paterson, known as Barty to his family, was born Andrew Barton Paterson at Narrambla, near Orange.
1864 - 1870/71 - Andrew Barton Paterson lived at Buckinbah Station near Yeoval before moving to Illalong in the Yass district and attending the Binalong bush school. As an adult Banjo Paterson was recognised as one of Australia's most famous and most admired bush poets he wrote many ballads and poems about Australian life. One of his now famous poems was called 'The Man from Ironbark'. The Ironbark he referred to was Stuart Town in Central West NSW, which prior to 1889 was called 'Ironbarks'.
1868 - Gold, silver and copper was discovered on the nearby Obley goldfields where the Goodrich Mine operated periodically until 1971 (approx. 7K from Yeoval).
1925 - Yeoval railway station opened in North Yeoval - part of the now closed Molong- Dubbo railway line. Passenger rail services continued to operate until 1974.
A little Yeoval History -
May - Yeoval Annual Show
Last Weekend in JULY - Be part of the Annual Yeoval Celebration of the life of Banjo Paterson -
Cumnock is a small town in a scenic rural area of Central NSW, 22 kilometres from Molong and about 45 minutes north west of Orange. Inspired by the residents of Cumnock, Animals on Bikes is a series of over 100 creative Paddock Art sculptures along the Obley Road.