Gravesend, New South Wales

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Gravesend
New South Wales
Gravesend NSW.JPG
Gwydir Highway, Gravesend
Gravesend is located in New South Wales
Gravesend
Gravesend
Coordinates 29°35′0″S 150°19′0″E / 29.58333°S 150.31667°E / -29.58333; 150.31667Coordinates: 29°35′0″S 150°19′0″E / 29.58333°S 150.31667°E / -29.58333; 150.31667
Population 276 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 2401
Elevation 275 m (902 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Gwydir Shire
County Burnett
State electorate(s) Northern Tablelands
Federal Division(s) Parkes

Gravesend is a village on the North West Slopes of New South Wales, Australia. The town is located 25 km west of Warialda on the Gwydir Highway near the Gwydir River and in the Gwydir Shire local government area, 615 kilometres (382 mi) north of the state capital, Sydney. At the 2006 census, Gravesend and the surrounding area had a population of 276.[1] The village is situated at an elevation of approximately 275 metres (904 feet).

History[edit]

The town grew from a fettler's camp established on Gravesend station with the coming of the railway around 1900. Gravesend Post Office opened on 1 February 1900.[2] The old railway bridge across the Gwydir River was transported from England.

With closer settlement a village developed and was officially named Gravesend in 1909. In the 1930s, Gravesend was the site of a research station breeding Cactoblastis moths later released to eradicate a devastating prickly pear infestation.[3] The surrounding area is given to agriculture production with sheep and cattle breeding, and the local wheat crops being taken a large silo complex being based in the village.

Today, Gravesend is serviced by a public school with approximately 30 students, post office, hotel, recreation and rodeo ground, community centre, District Nurse, a park with play equipment and a general store.[3] The Gwydir River provides excellent fishing, camping, picnic, swimming and recreation areas. The official opening of the Historical Society Museum was held on 16 August 2008. An annual rodeo is held on the rodeo ground. The village also has a fishing club, sewing and quilting club, garden club, Pony Club and playgroup.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Gravesend (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 September 2009. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  3. ^ a b de Greenlaw, Jenny (2005). "Gravesend Alive Program" (PDF). Community Strategic Plan. Gwydir Shire Council. Archived from the original on 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 

External links[edit]

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Inverell Line
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