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Wingham, New South Wales, Australia
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History of Wingham, NSW

John Valentine Gorman: selected and measured in the year 1843 a site for the government village on the Manning River, and on July 12 1844, the same place was proclaimed as the village of Wingham.  The plans he drew up presented a neatly laid-out village, and the emphasis is on ‘village’, for that is the term that Gorman himself used on the plans. However, one of the most striking aspects of Gorman’s plan was the provision of a reserve or recreation area.  ;Whether it was Gorman’s idea or not, the principle of a recreation ground was soon accepted by the people of Wingham, and was officially proclaimed as a recreation reserve in 1889