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HISTORY OF MOLONG

Settlemernt began in Molong as early as the late 1840 s. however, Molong was officially gazetted in 1849 The name 'Molong' is derived from an aboriginal word meaning 'place of many rocks'

The town boasts an early Austen-European main street which is classified by the National Trust. With many other beautiful and well cared for historic buildings scattered throughout the town. Molong provides the visitor with a look back into the past

The shopping centre of Molong provides a large number of services such as chemist, banks, supermarkets, furniture, electrical and rural supplies. There is also a strong representation of artists and craftspeople with the Old Yarn Market and Coach-house Gallery, Kimrol Pottery. woodworkers, artists and Strathmore Lane Teddy Bears. Molong has a strong creative underpinning to its town.
The Historical Society is very active with a great local museum displaying the history of the area The Railway Station has a special significance for Molong being the secret to Molorig's growth. With the bringing of the railway in 1886, Molong became the terminus for trade further west The continuing of the railway to Dubbo in 1893 lost Molong its advantage coinciding with a Depression in the late 1800's. substantially slowed growth for a while.
With a warmer climate than Orange, many people choose to live there and commute to work in the City of Orange just 32 kms away This causes a certain level of escape expenditure from the Molong economy, however, there is opportunity to do weekend trade when Orange is basically closed and people are looking for an escape. Millthorpe is a prime example of how a community can benefit by providing a weekend escape to good food, good coffee and interesting things to see and do.
Molong has continued to grow though slowly and steadily over the years and today has a population close to 2000 people.

Molong plays a central role in the Shire Council area as it contains the administrative offices of Cabonne Council and is also the service centre for many smaller district centres.

Sometimes, a platypus can be spotted in the creek banks near Molong whilst fishing for the abundant trout in the Bell River can be a popular pastime.

A hospital is located at Molong, as well as two doctors and an ambulance station. Aged care is well catered for . Specialist services are obtained from Orange which is located approximately 30 kms away. Education is well accommodated with the Central School which caters for kindergarten to Year 12 and a Catholic Primary School. There is also a preschool and playgroup.