Murrumbateman lies within the Southern Tablelands, in the foothills of Mundoonen Ranges and is the second-largest town within the Yass Valley Region. Fairley will be the first residential sub division of land in Murrumbateman since 1876, bringing a new generation of residents into the local community.


Murrumbateman was settled for cattle and sheep grazing in 1826. It was a place where settlers were able to work hard, utilise their farming skills and be a part of building a sustainable community. Murrumbateman became famous for the achievements of the Merriman Family, who contributed to the breeding of fine wool Merino Sheep in Australia.

Today Murrumbateman is still known for its fertile land, growing grapes for cool climate wines and farming cattle and sheep. It is a town rich in history and culture, with a great community spirit.


Fairley is named after William Fairley, a school teacher who taught in Murrumbateman from 1902-1909. William Fairley was responsible for planting the gardens and many trees around the school grounds. He inspired his students and taught them to nurture the environment they lived in. The former Murrumbateman School is adjacent to Fairley and is a place of historical importance for the community.

Fairley is situated on an old cattle and sheep farm previously known as Murrumbateman Station, which over time became Hawthorn Station. Hawthorn was once home to the local blacksmith shop, inn, store and worker homes and was regarded as the centre of life until 1876, when the current village was built.

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Bobbie Makin

Local Winemaker

Bobbie Makin is the Winemaker and business owner of Murrumbateman Winery, focusing on producing the highest quality fine wines and superb catering.

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Growing with you

Fairley will improve existing utility networks and will support the development of planned commercial facilities. A proposed Village Square and a four-star international hotel is to be built at the front section of the sub division.

Fairley will also influence the development of a primary school, childcare centre, medical centre and upgrades to existing recreational facilities. Residents will be a part of a progressive and self-sufficient Murrumbateman, building new foundations for the future.

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David and Chris Laird

The Publicans, Murrumbateman Country Inn

David and Chris come from a hospitality background, David in Club Management and Chris a Function Coordinator. When their children left home David and Chris decided to become business owners in a hotel.

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