The Hay Historical Society is concerned with the
local history of Hay and surrounding district, including the villages of Booligal, Booroorban, Carrathool, Gunbar, Maude, Mossgiel and Oxley.
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Hay is located in the western Riverina region of
New South Wales. The township began as a crossing-place on
the Murrumbidgee River, for stock being driven south to markets in
Victoria during the gold-rushes of the 1850s. The site was
eventually surveyed in 1859 and Hay quickly developed as an
important hub for the surrounding pastoral holdings, with their
fat-stock and wool production.
|Hay in 1877, viewed to the south along Lachlan Street towards the newly-constructed
During its earliest days Hay's economy was
linked to the navigation by steam-boats of the Murrumbidgee, and it
became an important port. The town and district was also
extensively serviced by horse- and bullock-driven waggons. In
1882 the railway was extended to Hay, linking the town directly
with regions to the east, including Sydney. Please refer to
our History Pages for more specific and
detailed information about Hay and the surrounding region, as well
as indexes and lists of family history interest.
Services page outlines what is available if you require
research to be carried out on your behalf. The Society has a
number of CD-ROMs and publications for sale, containing valuable
material of local interest ( for details refer to the Sales page). The Society has an ongoing
Pioneers Project which seeks to
document the lives of the early pioneers of the district.
Family history information is sought regarding any person born
before 1880 who lived at Hay or the surrounding district. Our
Links page has connections to other
web-sites of local, regional and general interest in the fields of
family research and Australian history.
Contact Details: The
Secretary, Hay Historical Society Inc., P.O. Box 467, Hay, NSW,
The Hay Historical Society web-site mail-group receives a newsletter by e-mail whenever new pages are added to this web-site. The newsletter also provides information about new publications and serves as a forum for discussion of aspects of the history of Hay and district. To join the mail-group send an e-mail to with the subject heading "join mail-group" (or something similar). Click the following link for a copy of the first newsletter and further information.