The story is still in preparation. In the meantime some detail and photographs below.
Present day Darbys Falls is noted on the upper left side of this cadastral map. However this location dates only from the mid 188os when the Darbys Falls school was established at the site of Daley’s Springs. The original Darbys Falls is also noted on this map….in the lower right hand corner near the junction of Milburn creek and the Lachlan River.
The First Darbys Fall or Falls.
The first of the two early settlers at and around the site of the first Darbys Falls was Edmund Markham (1802 -1866)(“Mangles” 1822) in the very early 1830s. The precise date and circumstances are unknown though it is likely that he arrived there in 1830 shortly after resigning his short membership of the Sydney Police. The other early settler, at about the same time was (1795-1871)(“Boyne” 1826) who later, probably after 1841, took up land in his own name surrounding the area set aside for a “Village Reserve” (See Box below) This is the area which later was designated Darbys Falls.
The earliest reference I have found to the location, described as Darbys Fall, not Falls, was in the Bathurst Free Press of 14 November 1861, referring to the area of the junction of Milburn Creek with the Lachlan River.:“……….at the lower end where the two channels join again, the River can be crossed with a dray at what is called Darby’s Fall. The banks are very straight and steep, probably some 25 or 30 feet. “
While there is no evidence that any Crown facilities were erected there, it appears to have been the point where travellers could cross the Lachlan. The origin of the name is unknown, though the use of the term “Darbys Fall” may suggest a fall from the so called cliff opposite the crossing. On the other hand, the term “Darbys Falls” suggests a waterfall, a feature not evident there today?Nicholas Jordan’s eldest son J N J Jordan, (1833-1917) and born on Milburn Creek, and whose home was adjacent to the crossing, was the first postmaster. My father wrote some years ago that “….he was the first Postmaster and that the Post Office was opened at the Rusty Hut on July 1st 1875 and later moved to what is known as ‘Jack Anthony’s Place”.” The only other reference to Jordan as Postmaster or to the Post Office, was the Bathurst Free Press in 1878 reporting a case re money stolen by a local youth from mail originating from Jordan’s Darbys Falls Post Office.