Location Frederick’s Valley is traversed by the Mitchell Highway between Chinaman’s Bend and Shadforth.
Statement of Significance
The landscape of Frederick’s Valley is characterised by evidence of Orange’s historical development since European settlement. The land has been cleared for agriculture and mining; the creek course diverted for mining; villages have been settled and roadways built. The valley was the site of one of the first European attempts at settlement of the area. It was the site of one of the earliest discoveries of gold in Australia and the village of Lucknow developed as a mining town. The Cobb and Co route followed Frederick’s Valley and inns and the like grew up to service the Cobb and Co route.
This precinct takes in the villages of Shadforth and Lucknow and the historic and geological site of Chinaman’s Bend. The Mitchell Highway follows the valley for most of its length and forms a significant part of the approach to Orange from the East.