Colo Vale, New South Wales

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Colo Vale
New South Wales
Colo Vale Railway Station.jpg
Colo Vale Railway Station located on the Old Picton Loop Line
Colo Vale is located in New South Wales
Colo Vale
Colo Vale
Coordinates 34°24′S 150°29′E / 34.400°S 150.483°E / -34.400; 150.483Coordinates: 34°24′S 150°29′E / 34.400°S 150.483°E / -34.400; 150.483
Population 1,212 (2006 census)[1]
Established 1837
Postcode(s) 2575
Location 125 km (78 mi) South-West of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) Wingecarribee Shire
Region Southern Highlands
Parish Colo
State electorate(s) Goulburn
Federal Division(s) Hume
Localities around Colo Vale:
Hill Top Yerrinbool
Nattai National Park Colo Vale Alpine
Braemar

Colo Vale (Known colloquially by locals as 'The Vale') is a Northern Village of the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, in Wingecarribee Shire. It is situated 2 km north-west of Aylmerton, 5 km from the Hume Highway and 12 km drive to Mittagong.

According to the 2006 census, Colo Vale had a population of 1,212 people.[1]

The surrounding area is part of the Parish of Colo which includes the villages of Aylmerton, Willow Vale, Alpine and Yerrinbool.

Facilities[edit]

Colo Vale has a mixed-business general store and many home based businesses are situated within the town, including hairdressers, small manufacturing businesses, and a large native plant nursery (Wariapendi Nursery).

Colo Vale also has a Public School on Wattle Street. A large sporting oval is located adjacent to the school. It includes community facilities include sporting fields, tennis courts, a community hall and a Rural Fire Service station.

History[edit]

The village was formerly a station on the Main Southern Railway, until that line was deviated in 1919 to a less steep alignment with easier grades and the original line became the Picton Loop line. Colo Vale railway station, though disused, has been restored and is in good condition.[citation needed]

The word Colo is believed to be an Aboriginal word for "a hill formed by volcanic rock", thus in 1837 when John Kiernan purchased some land where modern Colo Vale is, he called it Colo. In addition, this name became the official Parish name for the area.[citation needed]

During the early 1860s, increased settlement occurred due to the rich soil which derived from decomposing volcanic rock.

St. Pauls Anglican Church which still stands today was built in 1884. This operates as a branch church of Mittagong Anglican Church.

The first school was built in 1911. In 1923, Colo Vale was settled by English migrant poultry farmers. In 1954, Colo Vale had a of population 121 with 37 dwellings.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Colo Vale (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 12 July 2009. 

External links[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Bayley, W. A. 1973. Picton-Mittagong Loop-Line Railway. Bulli: Austrail. ISBN 0-909597-14-6
  • Bayley, W. A. 1975. Picton-Mittagong Main Line Railway. Bulli: Austrail. ISBN 0-909597-15-4

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