Henty

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Henty is a small town with a big heart.  Located midway between the large regional centres of Albury Wodonga and Wagga Wagga, the town is situated on the Olympic Highway and the main Southern Railway line between Melbourne and Sydney.

The town of Henty is notable for several reasons.  Firstly, in 1914, a local farmer, Headlie Taylor, invented the header harvester which completely revolutionised the grain industry around the world.  And now, this small town with a population of 900, annually hosts about 50,000 people each year for the Henty Machinery Field Days, a 3 day bonanza which is the largest event of its kind in the country.

Refusing to succumb to the fate of many other small rural towns, Henty has an active community committed to the town’s development and was the first town in NSW to develop and successfully run its own bank, the Henty Community Bendigo Bank.  Other recent developments include a community club, a hospital and nursing home, dedicated library with IT facilities and the Sweetwater Retirement Village which comprises 50 independent living units and is a striking testament to how rural communities can compete with their city and regional cousins for business and industry investment.

The name Henty was proclaimed in 1888. It was named after Edward Henty who had leased Round Hill Station to the south of Henty, in the early 1860’s after the original name of ‘Dudal Cooma’ (Aboriginal for ‘Sweet Water’) led to confusion with the town of Cooma in the Monaro district.

Much of the town’s economy today is based on agriculture and the surrounding grain and sheep farms, while the town provides services for approximately 2,450km² of the south-eastern Riverina region.

There are some surprising attractions in and around Henty, including the Headlie Taylor Header located on the Olympic Highway and various well preserved heritage buildings including the Cellar Mini Museum and Observer Printary Museum which are both located in close vicinity to the IGA Supermarket, as well as the Henty Silos, which are the second oldest in NSW, having been built in 1919.

A delight for bird lovers is the Henty Government Dam Nature Reserve where up to 140 different bird species either make their home or migrate for the season.   Two walking tracks through the reserve were developed by the Henty Rotary Club to allow visitors to enjoy the native vegetation and regional wildlife, and form a part of a Wildlife Corridor between Henty and Pleasant Hills.

During spring the district is a kaleidoscope of colour with fields of canola in full bloom for the Henty Machinery Field Days when thousands of people come from near and far to see the latest in agricultural displays.

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