New South Wales
Castlereagh St, the main street of Coonamble
|Population||2,750 (2016 census)|
|Elevation||180 m (591 ft)|
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. 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).
Brigidine nuns from Ireland established a school in 1883. Their architecturally distinguished convent was dismantled in 1990 and transported 600 km (373 mi) to Pokolbin, where it now houses The Convent resort.
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.
- 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%.
Schools and Churches
Coonamble has its own local radio station, 2MTM 91.9FM, which has a wide variety of music from country to modern.
Coonamble has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- Ron Boden, Australian Rugby league player
- Alex Cullen, Journalist
- Ned Hanigan, Australian Rugby player
- Eddie Murray, rugby league player, notable Aboriginal death in custody
- Mary Quirk, politician
- Thomas Tyrrell, trade unionist and politician
- Adriano Zumbo, Australian pâtissier and chef
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Coonamble (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
- Giacon, John (26 March 2011). "Etymology of Yuwaalaraay Gamilaraay Bird Names". Archived from the original on 22 December 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
- Kerri Genovese. "The Brigidine new arrival story". Retrieved 2 April 2017.
- "The Convent Hunter Valley: Our history". Retrieved 2 April 2017.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 June 2009. Retrieved 2 September 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Coonamble Railway Station and Yard Group". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01117. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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