Gilgai, New South Wales

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Gilgai
New South Wales
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Thunderbolts Way
Coordinates 29°51′S 151°07′E / 29.85°S 151.12°E / -29.85; 151.12Coordinates: 29°51′S 151°07′E / 29.85°S 151.12°E / -29.85; 151.12
Population 289 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 2360
Location 10 km (6 mi) S of Inverell
LGA(s) Inverell Shire
State electorate(s) Northern Tablelands
Federal Division(s) New England

Gilgai is a village in the Northern Tablelands region of New South Wales, Australia The village is situated 10 km south of Inverell, New South Wales on Thunderbolts Way and is in Inverell Shire. At the 2006 census, Gilgai had a population of 289 people.[1] The name Gilgai is an Aboriginal word meaning 'waterhole'.[2]

The area around Gilgai is dotted with mine shafts that are unique in Australia. They are known as ‘concertina shafts’ because the seams of tin bearing ore were in a zigzag pattern and were mined accordingly. The precious stones found here include sapphires, rubies and some diamonds.

Wine grapes were grown here in 1849 by Charles Wyndham[3] and re-introduced in 1968. Agriculture is the main industry in the area with beef cattle production and wine the main products. Gilgai has a public school which was built in 1878 from bricks baked on the site.[3] There is also a general store, rural supplies store, Anglican Church, Salvation Army Church, community hall and tennis complex. Gilgai Post Office opened on 16 November 1879.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Gilgai (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Gilgai". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Readers Digest Guide to Australian Places, Readers Digest, Sydney
  4. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 

"Inverell Shire Information", c.1981