Corowa is the next town visited when heading west along the Murray River. Back in NSW and this town has an iconic place in Australia’s early constitutional history. Corowa is one of those towns that participated in the formation of Australia’s Federation right on the turn of the 20th century.
Land was first surveyed in 1857 at Corowa by Surveyor Adams and the next year the township was proclaimed. In September 1859. Construction of a bridge was commenced early in 1861.
It was reported in 1868 that Corowa "was fast becoming one of the most important of the border districts". Buildings erected that year included a new store, two hotels and a new court-house.
A report published in the Sydney Mail in October 1879 stated that Corowa Township consisted of one thoroughfare containing the business houses. Corowa to this day has been a prosperous town weathering the fickle economic challenges.
The toll for crossing the bridge was said to be "somewhat exorbitant," and prevented free intercourse between Corowa and Wahgunyah.