AROUND ST. JAMES CHURCH - MENANGLE
Looking down now you view the village of Menangle, once a private village. You see St. Patrick's Catholic Church, now closed but once the site of a flourishing Catholic school of round sixty pupils. You see Menangle Store, once Hickeys, then Curry's which once supplied the surrounding district with Groceries and Bread made on the premises. The older residents well remember dropping in to the Bakery after school and receiving a small, warm and crusty loaf fresh from the oven. The 'Store' was renowned for the quality of its meat, home killed. The wagons and carts went out in every direction with goods, from drapery to tin ware to food stuffs. There was the Moreton Park to Douglas Park run and across the river to Wilton. The Camden Park run and most exciting of all the trip across Archie's Crossing at the Nepean and up through Mt. Giliad to Appin. The carts carried mail and messages and friendship. Looking up again and out we gaze across the cowpastures paddocks, catch the glint of water from the Menangle Pond, and though you cannot see them you know that beyond lies Barragal Pond and Belgenny Lagoon with Black Swan and wild ducks swimming serene in the knowledge that they are in a Wildlife Sanctuary. This is Macarthur Country. Here was the cradle of the Rural Industries of Australia. Sheep, cattle, horses, the vine all flourished and were developed here. A little to the right and across the river is Menangle Park, the two storied Menangle House was once a hotel where travellers changed or rested their horses and themselves. Just along the road lies the Tabor Farm a grant to the first school teacher in the Colony and still run by his descendants. The picturesque iron Railway Bridge is the oldest in Australia. As you walk around the Chancel end of the Church you look down on the Rotolactor, a revolving milking merry-go-round, which is visited by many during the week-end. Close by is the Public School, once a two teacher school, but now buses take most of the children to Camden, Campbelltown schools. Looking to the distance again we are interested to see Mt. Giliad, home of the first Flour Mill in Australia and now the home of Sir Denzil Macarthur-Onslow and his wife and family.