Pair pay a visit from Otherglen
Stones tour is a success
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.