...a place in the KellyGang story
The aboriginals called the river the Burwang
The Upper Ovens River, near Harrietville has signifiant freshwater meadows and marshes.
Bright is a historic town on the River
Porepunkah is on the confluence of the Buckland and the Ovens Rivers.
The town of Ovens is a loverly small settlement
Myrtleford, one of the larger towns, is just upstream from conflueance of the Buffalo and Ovens Rivers
The junction of the Ovens River and the King River, just before Wangaratta has traditionally been a popular swimming spot in Wangaratta. The aboriginal community called the junction of the Ovens and King Rivers 'Korumbeia'.
Wangaratta is the largest town on the River.
The Ovens Deep Lead Company mined gold on the Ovens (Argus15/8/65) (Argus30/10/65)
Fifteen Mile Creek joins the Ovens just north of Wangaratta
Reedy Creek joins the River just befor Boorhaman.
Peechelbar is a little further north on the western bank.
In the early years there was a punt over the Ovens at Tarrawingee
The Creeks that flow into the Ovens include
The Ovens had some very bad floods (Argus29/10/67)
The Ovens river was in flod (Argus7/11/78)
Const Flood reported that a letter had passed through the local post office, containing particulars of an arrangement made for a meeting of the KellyGang and a Chinese gold buyer, on a certain night at a place known as Spink's Crossing on the Ovens River at Tarrawingi. This was after the Euroa robbery. (Sadleir)
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