Aberdeen, New South Wales

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Aberdeen
New South Wales
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Aberdeen is located in New South Wales
Aberdeen
Aberdeen
Coordinates 32°10′0″S 150°54′0″E / 32.16667°S 150.90000°E / -32.16667; 150.90000Coordinates: 32°10′0″S 150°54′0″E / 32.16667°S 150.90000°E / -32.16667; 150.90000
Population 1,791 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2336
Location
LGA(s) Upper Hunter Shire
State electorate(s) Upper Hunter
Federal Division(s) Hunter

Aberdeen is a small town in the upper Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia, in Upper Hunter Shire. It is located about 12 kilometres north of Muswellbrook on the New England Highway. Aberdeen is named after Aberdeen, Scotland. At the 2006 census, Aberdeen had a population of 1,791.[1]

History[edit]

Aberdeen Post Office opened on 1 August 1856.[2]

Today[edit]

Aberdeen has its own pre-school, which was founded in 1977. The town contains two schools: the Aberdeen Public School, catering from kindergarten to Grade 6; and St. Joseph's High School, a Catholic co-educational high school catering for Grades 7 through to 12.

Aberdeen has two churches - St Thomas Catholic Church, and St Marks Anglican Church. It once had a third church, St Pauls Uniting Church, which has now been turned into an art gallery called the Artemis Gallery.

Next to St Thomas Catholic Church, is located St Joseph's Aberdeen High School.[3]

The town has a local rugby league team, the Aberdeen Tigers.

Aberdeen is on the Main North railway line, and is serviced by a daily long-distance service from Sydney, and several daily local services from Newcastle.

For travellers, there are two main areas for accommodation in the town: the Aberdeen Motel, which is on the southern edge of the town; and the Segenhoe Inn, which is situated towards the northern end of town. The Commercial Hotel is also available for budget accommodation.

Abattoirs[edit]

Aberdeen is possibly best known for the former abattoirs in the town centre, which operated for well over 100 years, before the most recent owners - an American company called Conagra - decided to close down their New South Wales abattoirs and concentrate on their Queensland operations. One factor in closing down what was once a very important abattoir for Conagra, was that the financial cost of upgrading the Aberdeen Abattoir was deemed too high, thus the abattoir - which was the largest single employer in Aberdeen - was closed in 1999. Hundreds of people were left without work, and despite promises from both the New South Wales and Federal governments to encourage new businesses to open up in the area, nothing of note eventuated.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Aberdeen (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 2011-05-26. 
  3. ^ St Joseph's Aberdeen School Website