You wouldn't think that being called the Ten Dollar Town would be a good thing, would you! I mean, $10 these days doesn't get you that much... not a movie ticket or a night out bowling so why are we celebrating the $10 note here in Gulgong?
If you remember the days of pounds, pence and shillings then you will definitely remember 14th February 1966 when Australia embraced decimalisation and in came the Australian Dollar, one dollar being 100 cents. It was on this date that Gulgong, they Gold Rush town, made its name in history and appeared on the $10 note behind the town's most famous character, Henry Lawson.
On the other side of the note appeared Francis Greenway, the English-born architect that was transported to Australia as a convict but became responsible for buildings such as St James Church in Sydney and also Hyde Park Barracks.
Lawson and the Times Bakery appeared on the $10 note from February 1966 until they were replaced by Banjo Paterson and Dame Mary Gilmore in 1993 when the note changes from paper to Polymer as we know it today.
Recently Gulgong celebrated 50 years as the Ten Dollar Town, where the streets filled with fun and laughter, celebrating what this title meant to this small country town.
There are many reasons Gulgong remains a popular place to visit. A small town that became popular during the Australian Gold Rush era remains historically intact. The buildings are stunning and maintain their original Australiana character and colours. Step in to Gulgong and step back in time as you walk through the streets and admire the well maintained history that generations will be able to enjoy and learn of the wonderful Australian history.
So, it may only be $10 but the value of the town of Gulgong in Australian history, is priceless.