Coonamble

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Coonamble
New South Wales
Coonamble Castlereagh Street 001.JPG
Castlereagh St, the main street of Coonamble
Coonamble is located in New South Wales
Coonamble
Coonamble
Coordinates30°57′0″S 148°24′0″E / 30.95000°S 148.40000°E / -30.95000; 148.40000Coordinates: 30°57′0″S 148°24′0″E / 30.95000°S 148.40000°E / -30.95000; 148.40000
Population2,750 (2016 census)[1]
Postcode(s)2829
Elevation180 m (591 ft)
Location
LGA(s)Coonamble
CountyLeichhardt
State electorate(s)Barwon
Federal Division(s)Parkes
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
26.6 °C
80 °F
11.6 °C
53 °F
500.4 mm
19.7 in

Coonamble is a town on the central-western plains of New South Wales, Australia. It lies on the Castlereagh Highway north-west of Gilgandra. At the 2016 census, Coonamble had a population of 2,750.[1] It is the regional hub for wheat growing and sheep and wool. The name for the town is taken from the Gamilaraay word guna (faeces) and -bil (having a lot of).[2]

Brigidine nuns from Ireland established a school in 1883.[3] Their architecturally distinguished convent was dismantled in 1990 and transported 600 km (373 mi) to Pokolbin, where it now houses The Convent resort.[4]

Although Coonamble had been a major sheep industry region in the 1980s to 2000, there has recently been an increasing interest in cattle rearing. The summers can have temperatures reaching up to 40 °C (104 °F) and in winter, there are nights as cold as 0 °C (32 °F). Most recently Coonamble has gained media coverage due to their mass floods over Christmas 2009.

Bushrangers[edit]

Johnny Dunn the bushranger and last of the Ben Hall gang was captured near Coonamble after a gunbattle with police at Christmas 1865.

Population[edit]

  • In the 2016 Census, there were 2,750 people in Coonamble.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 34.2% of the population.
  • 80.0% of people were born in Australia and 83.0% of people only spoke English at home.
  • The most common responses for religion were Anglican 34.3% and Catholic 28.9%.[1]

Schools and Churches[edit]

Coonamble has three schools: Coonamble Public School, St Brigids Catholic School and Coonamble High School.

It has a Catholic and an Anglican church.

Rodeo[edit]

Coonamble hosts an annual rodeo that is the largest campdraft/rodeo in the Southern Hemisphere around 1,000 people annually come to compete in the rodeo with an average of about 4,000 spectators.[5]

Radio station[edit]

Coonamble has its own local radio station, 2MTM 91.9FM, which has a wide variety of music from country to modern.

Sports[edit]

The Coonamble Bears play in the Castlereagh Cup rugby league competition. The Coonamble Rams play in the Western Plains Rugby Union competition.

Heritage listings[edit]

Coonamble has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Coonamble (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 August 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Giacon, John (26 March 2011). "Etymology of Yuwaalaraay Gamilaraay Bird Names". Archived from the original on 22 December 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  3. ^ Kerri Genovese. "The Brigidine new arrival story". Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  4. ^ "The Convent Hunter Valley: Our history". Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 June 2009. Retrieved 2 September 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Coonamble Railway Station and Yard Group". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01117. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  7. ^ Peters-Little, Frances; Luckhurst, Simon (2012). "Edward James Murray". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 18. Melbourne University Press. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 25 October 2017 – via National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.
  8. ^ Blackley, Leanne L. (2002). "Mary Lilly May Quirk". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 16. Melbourne University Press. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 25 October 2017 – via National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.
  9. ^ Farrell, Frank (1990). "Thomas James (Jim) Tyrrell". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 12. Melbourne University Press. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 25 October 2017 – via National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.

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