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STREET TALK: Anthony shows us through Baylis Street

– Welcome to this week’s edition of “Street Talk”.

So this week we’re doing the main street of Wagga, which is Baylis Street, a very busy street. We’ve got a few shops for lease, a couple of offices for lease in Baylis Street. So give me a ring and we can talk about it.

Baylis Street known as the main street in Wagga Wagga, was named after Henry Baylis, who was born in Scotland. Henry Baylis was the first police magistrate in Wagga. He was appointed on the 1st of January, 1858, occupying the position until his retirement in 1896. At the time of his appointment to Wagga Wagga, the town was exceedingly small with only five brick buildings and a few scattered wooden ones with a population of less than 150 people. He displayed much interest in the advancement of the town and district and used to employ hard labor prisoners in grubbing and clearing the town, the streets. It was largely through his interest that the first bridge over the Murrumbidgee river was erected. In 1863, he was wounded by the Bushrangers, bad. Dog Morgan and his partner Clarke. Whilst travelling by horseback on route to his duties in Urana and suffered a shoulder injury, his family home called Goonigul, a large two story brick home with a frontage to Dobbs and Kincaid streets. And Goonigul Avenue is now the side of the Wagga Wagga RSL Club. After his retirement, he lived at Homebush where he was accidentally killed in a railway accident. Thanks for joining “Street Talk” this week, and we’ll catch up with you next week.