Portland NSW is a charming historic town that at the Turn of the Century was founded off a Government Cement Factory. The Cement Works still stand and feature in the town as a monument to the past. Surrounding the Works are old reservoirs which have now been turned into lakes for wildlife. (Photo of ‘The Cement Works Factory Portland NSW’ by Claire Bampton © 2017).
Signs of Yesteryear
Portland is known for its “Signs of Yesteryear”, an initiative that displays in the centre of town signs and labels of days gone by. Accurately repainted, the signs are a stunning sight that will bring back many a memory and well worth a street tour to see every one of them!
Travellers and Tourists
There were many thousands of people who spoke the Wiradjuri language, making it the largest nation in NSW. The Wiradjuri people cover a large part of central NSW. The southern border was the Murray River from Albury upstream towards Tumbarumba area. From here the border went north along the edges of the mountains, past Tumut and Gundagai to Lithgow. The territory continued up to Dubbo, then west across the plains to the Willandra creek near Mossgiel. The Booligal swamps are near the western border and down to Hay. From Hay the territory extended across the Riverina plains passing the Jerilderie area to Albury. Wiradjuri lands are known as the land of three rivers. Learn More
Portland NSW like many rural towns gave a great sacrifice to the War effort and has its own RSL Club for ex-servicemen and the community. In 2015 The Daily Telegraph published an article on how heartbreaking 100-year-old letters between a mother and her Anzac hero son, killed at Gallipoli in 1915, came to light after a man found them in the attic of a house about to be demolished. Learn More