Yet another vibrant inland NSW town. Young is the ‘cherry growing capitol of Australia’. That means Young is a very cold place in winter. Young is also a town at the crossroads and intersection of number highways that cross this relatively prosperous area of NSW. Like the other towns in the area Young primarily services the rural community.
Young is that sort of town that now supports major discount stores that would be putting pressure on the retail dollars in Main Street,
The town is named after Sir John Young, the Governor of NSW during 1861-7.
Gold was found in the district in 1860. Until that time the area was called Lambing Flat, a reference to the grazing of sheep that was the main industry until mining. The town was gazetted in 1861. The goldfields produced 470,000 ounces of gold sent by escort from the fields.
November 1860 through to June 1861 anti-Chinese miners attacked Chinese gold miners in the area, now known as the infamous Lambing Flat riots. Young Shire Council has established Lambing Flat Gardens adjacent to the site of Chinaman’s Dam, which is an old railway dam about 4 km south of Young and is a lasting tribute and apology for wrongdoings. A highly recommended visit. The Young Museum presents a good record of history.
When visiting Young allow a minimum of a day.