Lockhart, New South Wales

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Lockhart
New South Wales
LockhartVerandahTown1.jpg
Looking east in the main street of Lockhart
Lockhart is located in New South Wales
Lockhart
Lockhart
Coordinates 35°13′0″S 146°43′0″E / 35.21667°S 146.71667°E / -35.21667; 146.71667Coordinates: 35°13′0″S 146°43′0″E / 35.21667°S 146.71667°E / -35.21667; 146.71667
Population 800 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2656
LGA(s) Lockhart Shire
County Urana
State electorate(s) Wagga Wagga
Federal Division(s) Riverina

Lockhart is a town and a local government area in the Riverina Region of New South Wales, Australia. It is the location of the Lockhart Shire Council offices. At the 2011 census, Lockhart had a population of 800 people.[1]

History[edit]

Lockhart was named after C.G.N. Lockhart - a commissioner for Crown Lands in the Murrumbidgee River area in the 1850s. It was originally known as Greens Gunyah, and renamed Lockhart in 1897. Greens Gunyah was so named because a Mr Green was the earliest settler and had a grog shop on the Urana - Wagga Wagga stagecoach route.[2]

Ferriers Post Office opened on 16 May 1882 and was renamed Lockhart in 1898.[3]

Tim Fischer, National Party leader (1990–1999) and 11th Deputy Prime Minister of Australia was born here. A railway station served the town between 1901 and 1975, it has now been restored and converted into a New South Wales Rural Fire Service station. Seasonal grain trains service silos in the town.[4]

Preceding station   NSW Branch lines   Following station
towards Oaklands
Oaklands Line
towards The Rock
Greens Gunyah Museum

Notable Former Residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Lockhart (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Lockhart". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 26 October 2009. 
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  4. ^ Lockhart station. NSWrail.net, accessed 6 January 2010.