43. Stoker's Store, 1864, Bridge Street

Considered to be one of the most significant historical buildings on the whole New England Highway, this was built as an inn by John Kennedy, but never licensed. John Stoker, a tinsmith, operated his business there from 1905, and then his son, Reg, ran a clothing shop. Note the original cedar windows and doors, and the newly shingled roof. In 1980, the then new owner

planned to demolish part of the structure, but the NSW Heritage Council issued a Preservation order to prevent this. Within the Uralla community a fierce debate erupted, and went on for years. Given all the "bullets" that were fired and all the hold-ups, the new Bushranger Motel is aptly named! In 1983 a boarded up fireplace in this then derelict building yielded up a "treasure chest" of memorabilia about the Stoker family. "Corporal Cecil Stoker", an exhibition at McCrossin's Mill Museum, tells the moving story.

44 ~Sid Gillis' Billard Saloon and Bike Shop, 1904, Bridge Street

Quaint weatherboard structure with barrel vaulted upper parapet and clerestory windows. The awning and posts reinstalled by Alan and Fran Lindsay in 2004. Bicycles and billiards? The mind boggles. The "kerosene lamp" in front