Finley, New South Wales
New South Wales
Murray Street (Newell Highway), the main street of Finley
|Elevation||107 m (351 ft)|
Finley // is a town in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia. It is the largest town in the Berrigan Shire local government area. At the 2006 census, Finley had a population of 2,054 people. The town is located approximately 140 kilometres (87 mi) west of Albury on the intersection of the Newell Highway and Riverina Highways.
The post office opened on 1 January 1881 but was known as Murray Hut until 1893. Europeans first settled the area around Finley in the early 1840s, with wheat becoming the main crop.
Periods of severe drought, combined with the Great Depression of the early 1930s, forced many farmers to abandon their holdings.
In 1935, construction on the Mulwala Canal began in order to provide employment and bring water to the area’s rich farmland.
Finley has two primary schools, St Joseph's School, (Roman Catholic) and Finley Public School. Finley High School attracts students from a wide catchment including the towns of Berrigan, Tocumwal, Jerilderie and Blighty.
Finley is also home to a campus of Riverina TAFE.
Finley has a 18 Hole grass green golf course.Australian rules football, cricket and netball are all very popular in the town. Sporting teams include the Finley Football Club who compete in the Murray Football League.
- Hawthorn Australian rules footballer and 1999 Brownlow Medallist Shane Crawford.
- Hawthorn Australian rules football coach Allan Jeans.
- Geelong Australian rules footballers, Jack Hawkins and his son Tom Hawkins.
- Mark Whiley; Australian rules football player for GWS Giants
- Kram; member of rock band Spiderbait.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Finley (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 September 2009.
- 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.
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