New South Wales
Wakool Hotel at Kyalite
|Population||108 (2006 Census)|
|Elevation||68 m (223 ft)|
|LGA(s)||Balranald Shire, Wakool Shire|
Kyalite is a locality on the Wakool River in the Riverina district of the Australian state of New South Wales. It is part of Balranald Shire and is approximately 890 kilometres (550 mi) south west of the state capital Sydney and 400 kilometres (250 mi) north west of Melbourne. Kyalite was formerly known as Wakool Crossing. At the 2006 census, Kyalite had a population of 108.
The village of Wakool Crossing (the site of present-day Kyalite) was founded by Henry Talbett, who in about 1848 established a punt service across the Wakool River at the location. When he became established Talbett brought out his family from Ireland, including his parents and siblings. His brother John came to Wakool Crossing with his family and assisted Henry Talbett to construct an inn and a general store on land Henry had purchased near his punt.
In 1854 John Talbett was the licensee of the Wakool Inn.
In 1860 Henry Talbett was the licensee of the Wakool Inn.
Henry Talbett held the license of the Wakool Hotel between 1865 to at least 1870. In 1882 Talbett sold the hotel to Thomas Spinks who held the license until 1889. In 1890 the publican of the Wakool Hotel was John James, and from 1891 to 1893 it was John Spinks (possibly Thomas’ brother). The original hotel was burnt down and re-built in the 1890s by Thomas Spinks (possibly in the period 1891-3).
Wakool Crossing Post Office opened on 1 June 1911 and was renamed Kyalite in 1927.
In 1976 Kyalite was described in the following terms: “It… consists of a Post Office, Public Hall, General Store (with petrol pumps), Hotel, tennis courts, cricket oval, about five private houses and has 66 persons on the Electoral Roll”.
Burke and Wills
On 13 September 1860 the Burke and Wills expedition to the Gulf of Carpentaria arrived at Wakool Crossing and dined at Henry Talbett's hotel. The next day they crossed the Wakool River by Talbett’s punt and Burke paid £9.6.0 “for portage, provisions &c.”.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Kyalite (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
- Feldtmann, Arthur, The Balranald Story, 1976 (a souvenir of the 'Back to Balranald' celebration - 28 September to 5 October 1976).
- Butts and Certificates of Publicans' Licenses.
- Lists of Hotel Licensees, NSW Government Gazettes; Feldtmann, op. cit.
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2009-06-11
- Feldtmann, op. cit.
- Despatch written by Robert O'Hara Burke (expedition leader) from Balranald, 16 September 1860.
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