Along The Nerriga Road


Along the Nerriga Road 28.8cm x 14cm Original Oil on Board by John Vander

I discovered this subject at the edge of the small Village of Nerriga on the Nowra to Braidwood road. This section of road is still a dirt road with shoes deep in dust. The Nerriga road was originally known as the wool road, built by the convicts in 1842 to allow the movement of agricultural produce to a port at Jervis Bay from the Braidwood and Goulburn districts.

The discovery of alluvial gold in the Shoalhaven River in 1851 led to increased interest in the area around Nerriga and a small town began to grow with a school and a hotel, still in operation today.

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