From the beginning of European settlement in Yass the development of the district has been tied to national and even international events.
Since the late 1830s the main route from Sydney south to Melbourne, passed through the town ensuring its importance as a place of commerce and as the centre of the extensive Catholic and Anglican parishes. Yass became the place where families and friends from outlying areas assembled for the big events in life - baptisms, marriages and funerals in the local churches.
and overlanders stopped seeking food, shelter and water before continuing
their journeys - some travelling as far as Victoria and South Australia.
Settlers from the outer districts came to Yass once or twice a year
for their supplies. Their stay in the town added to the coffers of the
makeshift stores and the inns, whose owners in time prospered and built
permanent premises - some of these are still part of the Yass
For many years the economic wellbeing of the district rested squarely on the back of the fine wool industry but in recent years diverse agricultural and farming endeavours as well as light industries have gained in importance. It's proximity to Canberra has contributed to the expansion of the town and the villages as commuters seek an alternative lifestyle.
Yass, once heavily promoted as the most desirable site for the national capital, can be said to have the best of both worlds - a rural town with all the benefits of the National Capital!
The following is a list of publications that relate to the Yass district and its inhabitants. Some publications are long out of print but are available from libraries through the inter-library loan system. Those that the society have available for purchase, are listed on our Publications page.
set of girls'; the Irish Famine Orphans of the Thomas Arbuthnot 1849-1850.
Beyond the limits
160 years of White Settlement
Lad: the story of Hamilton Hume and the Explorers
Irish Australia: Rebellion to Republic
Days, a history of the Murrumbateman, Jeir and Nanima districts
From a little
acorn, a history and genealogy of the Davis family of Gounyan
a tale of two pioneer families
Anglican Cemetery, Boorowa NSW 1845-1988
Yass Mission: St Augustine's Parish, Yass NSW Sesquicentenary 1838-1988
My Dear Mother:
a letter from a soldier after Gallipoli
on the banks of the Lachlan
Church, Yass, Centenary 2006
Anglican Women of Yass 1838-1988
dawn of settlement' surveyed from Galong Cemetery
'We have not
forgotten': Yass and district's war 1914-1918
they and what were they doing in 1872: a story of the Hannan, Kelleher,
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This page last updated:21 June 2016