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Anson Street looking south in the 1870s, showing a medical hall and a boot shop and the unmade street.

Did you know that there was once a bowling club where Kmart stands today; or that there used to be a bank on all four corners of the Summer and Anson streets intersection; or that Orange’s first fire station was situated where the Anson Street entrance to Orange City Centre is today?

To learn more about the changing landscape of Anson Street between Byng and Kite streets, join Orange & District Historical Society’s Ross Maroney at 2pm on Sunday 11 March as he talks about the history of these two blocks in the centre of our city.

Those who joined Ross on his walk last year along Byng Street will remember his vast store of knowledge about Orange’s buildings and the people who occupied them.
He will take you past the Woolworths supermarket where an elegant two-storey doctor’s surgery once stood, show you where the Boer War Memorial used to be at the Anson and Summer streets intersection; and explain where a medical centre and a boot shop used to be long before the Memorial Hall and Ex-Services Club were built.

The walk will start on the eastern side of Anson Street at the Byng Street intersection (where the Kmart car park is). Ross will take the group along that side of Anson Street to Kite Street, then back along the western side of Anson Street to the former Orange Town Hall.

The walk will take about two hours. Everyone is welcome to join the walk. The society is asking for a $5 donation for members and non-members. Please wear walking shoes and bring a hat and water.
For inquiries, please contact Liz Edwards on 6362 8647 or email: 180303le oh138