History & Geography
You will find “Borambola Homestead” on the Sturt Highway, 25 kilometres east of Wagga Wagga in the Gundagai growing region of NSW. A majestic and gracious home dating back to the 1880s, Borambola has a colourful history. Borambola Homestead. It was built by George Macleay, son of Alexander Macleay, the then Colonial Secretary who built Elizabeth Bay House in Sydney. It was host to King Edward VIII when, as Prince of Wales, he visited Australia in 1920. Borambola reached its high point in the 1880s when it was the centre of a pastoral empire of about 1.4 million acres, owned by John Donnelly. Borambola then passed through several hands and was finally purchased by F.W. Hughes, a famous figure on the Australian financial scene. He used the property to breed horses, including Hiraji, the 1947 Melbourne Cup Winner. In 1992 Borambola Homestead became the McMullen family home.