Berrigan, New South Wales
New South Wales
Chanter Street, Berrigan, looking west; the main street of Berrigan contains a mix of Federation and more-modern architectural styles.
|Elevation||119 m (390 ft)|
Berrigan // is a town on the Riverina Highway in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia. Berrigan is in the Berrigan Shire local government area and contains the Berrigan Shire Council offices. At the 2011 census, Berrigan had a population of 922.
Berrigan Post Office opened on 11 May 1884.
Because of its location near the border with Victoria, Berrigan was one of the pioneers in the push for an Australian Federation. It was at the suggestion of the Berrigan Australian Natives' Association that the first meeting of the Federation League was held. Due to its centrality, the meeting was held in Corowa.
Berrigan has both a state and Catholic primary school. The nearest high school is in Finley, 22 kilometres (14 mi) to the west. Oaklands has a Central School, that is a part of the Riverina Access Partnership.
Popular sports in Berrigan include Australian rules football (the town has a team competing in the Picola & District Football League), netball, golf, bowls, and tennis. Horse racing is also popular, with the Berrigan Gold Cup — held on the same day as the Victoria Derby — attracting a large crowd.
The Berrigan Canola festival is held annually in early September. Also held annually is the Berrigan Agricultural Show - Sunday of the October long weekend. It is also close to the Murray River communities of Barooga and Tocumwal.
Once a thriving town with four pubs and the golf club, it has since been reduced to two pubs and the club.
Berrigan is home to a single curlew (bird), which lives in the 18-hole golf course; the bird can often be seen inside the clubhouse while patrons are eating and drinking. Many efforts to find a suitable mate for this bird have been fruitless.
The aging population is well catered for in such a small town, with world class hospice and respite facilities provided. While the town thrives on the farming income generated in the district, it is a very modern, and family-friendly town.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Berrigan (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
- Macquarie Dictionary, Fourth Edition (2005). Melbourne, The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd. ISBN 1-876429-14-3
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11
- Australian Parliament House website - Senate publications Brian de Garis How Popular was the Popular Federation Movement
- New South Wales Rural Fire Service Website
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