Pair pay a visit from Other­glen

Stones tour is a suc­cess

Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations - Dou­glas Dickie

Ruther­glen Her­itage So­ci­ety wel­comed two very spe­cial guests dur­ing Doors Open Day ear­lier this month.

The group had or­gan­ised a tour of the Royal Burgh’s an­cient bound­ary stones as part of the event.

And among those who took part were Jenny and Neil Tem­ple­ton, from Ruther­glen in Vic­to­ria, Aus­tralia.

The pair were vis­it­ing friends in our Ruther­glen when they found out about the tour, and they de­cided they sim­ply couldn’t miss out.

They met Robert Kennedy, Jim Bolton and Gill Owen of the Her­itage So­ci­ety who told them of the history of the stones, which marked the an­cient bound­ary of the Burgh, and guided them round some of the stones which are in place in the Farme Cross area of Ruther­glen.

Both were greatly im­pressed with the work done by the Her­itage So­ci­ety in try­ing to re­search and pre­serve some of the an­cient cus­toms of the town.

Neil said “Your town is en­tirely dif­fer­ent from where we come from. Ruther­glen in Vic­to­ria is a ru­ral area of farm­ing and is the cen­tre of the wine grow­ing re­gion of the Mur­ray River Val­ley.”

He was also in­ter­ested in Ruther­glen Lan­de­mer Day as it is sim­i­lar to the Ruther­glen Coun­try Fair, when the Main Street is closed off and stretches the length of the road.

The fair turns the small town of Ruther­glen into a bustling place with around 300 stall­hold­ers. Pro­duce and craft stalls, an an­i­mal nurs­ery, a va­ri­ety of food stalls, buskers and mu­sic pro­duce a car­ni­val at­mos­phere to be en­joyed by the whole fam­ily.

Ruther­glen Vic­to­ria was founded 155 years ago dur­ing the Aus­tralian Gold Rush by a man named John Wal­lace, a na­tive of Ruther­glen, Scot­land.

In the 1860s, a ho­tel and a bar were es­tab­lished – but the set­tle­ment still lacked a name.

Leg­end has it the lo­cals told Wal­lace – who gave his name to our own Wal­lace Street – he could name the town if he “shouted the bar”.

Wal­lace ac­cepted and sug­gested the name of his home town.

Since then Ruther­glen, Vic­to­ria, has grown into one of the most fa­mous wine-pro­duc­ing re­gions in Aus­tralia while the pop­u­la­tion has fallen dra­mat­i­cally from its hey­day.

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