Orange has a battle at the best of times to stay in front of Bathurst in most things but particularly in the tourism stakes because our basic attractions aren't being promoted.
We've even been dudded by Channel 9 who's taken us off its national weather map and included Bathurst and Mudgee.
So it's pretty poor when ABC Illawarra several days ago had a radio program claiming it was mineralogist William Tipple Smith in 1848 who first discovered gold at a place later named Ophir on 'the western slopes of the Blue Mountains near Bathurst...'.
History records Edward Hargraves found first payable gold at Ophir in 1851 even though it was really his associates William Tom and John Lister but that, and the William Smith claim aside, Ophir's location should be correctly recorded.
In her book Fool's Gold, historian Lynette Silver also calls Smith the first to find gold at Ophir 'in rugged hill country near Bathurst'.
Wikipedia has two attempts. The first: 'Hargraves and his guide John Lister set out on horseback with a pan and rocking-cradle to Lewis Ponds Creek, a tributary of the Macquarie River 'close to Bathurst', and on 12 February, 1851, found gold at a place he called Ophir.'
The second says: 'Edward Hargraves discovered a grain of gold in a billabong near Bathurst in 1851'. One historian called it Yorkey's Corner.
Ophir belongs to Orange.
Remember Noel Rawlinson who worked a small mine there suggested the unique project to supply some of the gold for the Sydney Olympics winners' medals?
Cadia helped and it was given as a gift to the Olympic committee from the people of Orange.
In her book Fool's Gold, historian Lynette Silver also calls Smith the first to find gold at Ophir 'in rugged hill country near Bathurst'.Denis Gregory
And, as those annoying TV marketing ads say, 'Wait, there's more...'
The National Parks and Wildlife Service obviously doesn't check maps either before promoting picnic areas on its website because it reckons our popular picnic spot the Fourth Crossing on Summer Hill Creek is also 'near Bathurst.'
It's nowhere near Bathurst and just a stone's throw from Ophir so can only be reached on the Ophir Road from Orange.
Someone in tourism should correct these locations.
Rex's call for help
Several weeks ago Rex airlines was crying poor saying it could no longer continue shouldering the burden of flying coronavirus testing samples from regional areas to capital cities for analysis or flying critical blood supplies daily to regional communities unless it received financial help.
Deputy chairman John Sharp said the airline was fighting for its life and the first priority was to survive the present crisis.
The federal government initially approved a $298 million bailout for regional airlines and followed that up with more funding to enable Rex to keep flying while states and councils also kicked in support including Orange City Council by reducing landing charges.
But just weeks after cautioning the government it was on the brink of bankruptcy Rex wants to take on Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin by leasing 10 Boeing 737 or Airbus A320 jets and expand its network to fly between Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. What an amazing turnaround.
Chuckle time again
A taxi driver asks a Scottish visitor wearing the full cossie of kilt and sporran whether it's his first visit to Orange.
"Ai," he says. "And not only that but I'm on my honeymoon."
"But where's your wife?" the cabbie asks.
"Didn't come. She's been here before."