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History and Heritage

The Corner Country is the traditional homeland of the Malyangaapa and Wadikali people whose lives were interrupted with the arrival Charles Sturt’s expedition in 1845, Burke and Wills in 1860 and the squatters who followed with their flocks of sheep.

The discovery of gold in the late 1870s brought miners and their families who traversed inhospitable country to establish roads and townships. The squatters’ station properties were surveyed, fenced, shearing sheds constructed and the Corner Country populated with almost 3000 people.

Fortunes ebbed and flowed with the seasons. By the 1900s many mining families had left to find fortunes elsewhere, World War One saw young men enlist, often never to return, and the pastoral industry settled into a rhythm of life similar to that exists today.

The best way to learn about the heritage of the Corner Country is to visit Milparinka and Tibooburra, as well as the National Parks.

Milparinka has an extensive Heritage Precinct with information covering both local history but also the mining heritage of the area.

Tibooburra Aboriginal Landcouncil has a special keeping place for aboriginal artefacts of the area, and the National Parks’ museum and visitor centre has information about much more of the area.

Outdoor museums are at Dead Horse Gully, Tibooburra and Mount Wood, part of Sturt National Park.