Gunnedah residents are proud to call this great part of New South Wales home, and it shows in the many places and monuments that pay tribute to our rich and diverse heritage.
The Water Tower Museum
The Water Tower Museum, in Anzac Park on South Street, is a circular museum housed in an old water tower reservoir which is covered in a Vietnam War mural. The water tower, built in 1908, was Gunnedah’s first reservoir. Stairs spiral up through the four floors of memorabilia and artefacts to the observation deck on the roof of the building.
As well as artist Jenny McCracken’s striking mural on the outside of the building, Inside on the second floor is a mural capturing the early Aboriginal and European history of the region. The Bill Clegg Memorial Display, on the ground floor, commemorates the service of Gunnedah and District people in the military conflicts from the Boer Wars through to that in Afghanistan.
The Water Tower Museum is the permanent home of Gunnedah and District Historical Society, and was opened in 1980.
Find out more about the Gunnedah Water Tower Museum at Museums & Galleries of NSW.
The Gunnedah Rural Museum
The Gunnedah Rural Museum, on Mullaley Road, is one of the largest collections of early agriculture and transport memorabilia in Australia. There are more than 23,000 exhibits at the museum, including antique farm machinery, household items from many years ago, mining machinery and steam engines.
Find out more about the Gunnedah Rural Museum at Museums & Galleries of NSW.
The Mackellar Centre
The Mackellar Centre offers an insight into Dorothea Mackellar, the famous writer of the poem My Country, whose family owned properties around Gunnedah.
Located in Anzac Park in South Street, the centre includes items once owned by Mackellar as well as the extensive archives and records of the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards and the headquarters of the national poetry competition.
The centre also features the Jean Isherwood Watercolour Collection depicting verses of My Country.
Gunnedah Town Hall
Gunnedah Town Hall is an impressive building first opened in 1926. It includes a Soldiers’ Memorial Arch and a Memorial Clock Tower, which was added in 1937.
The clock faces are visible from many parts of town, and still chime the hour.
Gunnedah Town Hall is a centrepoint for the town and still hosts many of the Shire’s important celebrations and events.
The Miners Statue
The Miners Statue in Brock’s Court, Conadilly Street, was erected in memory of those fallen in the coal mines and as a reminder of underground strikes. Coal has been mined in the region for more than 130 years, and is part of the Gunnedah story.
Pensioners Hill Heritage Sculptures
Pensioners Hill Heritage Sculptures are a striking reminder of chapters of Gunnedah’s history. Sculptures created by Carl Merten and Joan Relke and erected by the Rotary Club of Gunnedah West feature along the walkway to the top of this popular lookout.
Learn the stories behind the stones here.