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1. The first European to explore the New England area of New South Wales was John Oxley, who made his journeys in the early nineteenth century. In 1818 he reached the Pacific coast after travelling overland through the region, and found a beautiful bay at the mouth of the Hastings River.
In 1821, a town was founded there as a penal colony, and named for the then Governor of New South Wales. Today it is still a thriving town, and is famous for the 'Billabong Koala Park' tourist attraction. Where are we?
2. Between 1864 and 1870, one Frederick Ward was a very busy man. As well as having four children with his devoted wife Mary Bugg, he was also a notorious Bushranger (outlaw or highwayman type robber) committing hundreds of robberies and stealing horses. Fred had a nickname during his years of notoriety; what was it?
3. Not far from the small settlement of Ebor (east of Armidale), is the source of a river (which shares its name with a very famous non-Australian river). Running south west until it joins the Macleay river and thus the Pacific Ocean 600 miles away, which river is this?
4. Black Mountain, near Guyra, has an elevation of just over 4300 feet above sea level. It is the site of the highest business of its kind anywhere in Australia. What business will visitors find there?
5. Australian State Highway 78 is the main road link between the inland and coastal regions of New England in New South Wales. It is also named after certain geographical features in one of the seven National Parks on and adjacent to its route. How is it known?
6. This river, which rises near the village of Ebor, is named for a famous figure from English history. It was discovered and named by the explorer John Oxley when he camped on the banks on 5th November 1821. Who is this river named after?
7. Which is the highest peak in the New England (Northern Tablelands) area of Australia?
8. Near the town of Guyra in New England, New South Wales, is a visitor attraction called 'Mother of Ducks'. What geographical feature is 'Mother of Ducks'?
9. The town of Tamworth is one of the main towns in New England, New South Wales, and as well as being an administrative centre for the area it is also famous as "The ______ Capital of Australia" ... for what is Tamworth famous?
10. In which New South Wales town is the main campus of the University of New England located?
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