Uranquinty

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Uranquinty
New South Wales
Uranquinty Hotel.jpg
Uranquinty Hotel
Uranquinty is located in New South Wales
Uranquinty
Uranquinty
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 35°11′32″S 147°14′45″E / 35.19222°S 147.24583°E / -35.19222; 147.24583Coordinates: 35°11′32″S 147°14′45″E / 35.19222°S 147.24583°E / -35.19222; 147.24583
Population 715 (2006 Census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2652
Location 15 km (9 mi) from Wagga Wagga
LGA(s) City of Wagga Wagga
County Mitchell
Parish Uranquinty
State electorate(s) Wagga Wagga
Federal Division(s) Riverina

Uranquinty is a small town approximately 15 km south of Wagga Wagga in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia. The population of the town is 715.[1]

Uranquinty was used as the railway village when the railway line was being built from Wagga Wagga to Albury.

History[edit]

Uranquinty Post Office opened on 15 September 1889.[2]

Uranquinty during World War II[edit]

Uranquinty has a distinguished record in relation to World War II. At the end of 1940 Uranquinty was chosen as the base for No. 5 Service Flying Training School RAAF (5SFTS) for intermediate and advanced training of Empire Air Trainees. The site chosen for 5 SFTS was especially suitable because it was on the main Sydney to Melbourne railway line and comprised just over 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) of land that was owned by the Lewington family. Possession of this land was taken under National Security (General) Regulation 54 which existed during the War years[3]

On 7 April 1942, a Wirraway of 5SFTS crashed during an instrument training flight at the Air Ground Gunnery Range, killing both crew members.[4]

Uranquinty RAAF Post Office was open from 16 December 1941 until 14 September 1946 dating the period of the operation of the base with some accuracy.[2]

Uranquinty Migrant Centre[edit]

Uranquinty memorial to the Wives and Children of Refugees who worked on the Snowy Mountain Scheme

The Uranquinty Migrant Centre was established as a result of the Displaced Persons Immigration Scheme that had been embarked upon by Prime Minister Chifley's government at the end of the Second World War as a part of the Populate or Perish policy of the time.[5]

Under Arthur Calwell, Australia's first Minister for Immigration, displaced persons still in camps within Germany, Austria and France were chosen to fill the need for a constant supply of labour to the country. Migrant reception and training centres were established in now disused army and RAAF camps in rural and remote areas such as Uranquinty from 1948, particularly because by then married displaced persons with their families were being allowed entry into Australia. Places like Uranquinty had the space to provide accommodation for the wives and children. Many of these displaced persons worked on the relatively nearby Snowy Mountains Scheme.

One such family that arrived were the Latvian-born Konrads family, two of whom would learn to swim in Uranquinty because their father was afraid they might drown in the numerous dams and creeks in the area. Those two, John and Ilsa Konrads, would set between them 38 individual world records and go on to become Olympic medallists for their adopted country.

A public memorial in the centre of Uranquinty, situated directly on the Olympic Highway, displays information boards and other memorials to the history of displaced persons who stayed in the area during these years.

Uranquinty Camp Post Office was open from 1 December 1948 until 31 March 1959 dating the period of the operation of the camp with some accuracy.[2]

Uranquinty today[edit]

Uranquinty Power Station

Construction of the $500 million gas-fired power station at Uranquinty was completed in 2008 and was commissioned in January 2009.[6]

Transport[edit]

Uranquinty platform

Uranquinty is located on the Sydney to Melbourne railway line. The station is still officially listed as "in use",[7] but no passenger trains stop there, even by request.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Uranquinty (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 June 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 11 June 2009. 
  3. ^ Details of these facts are displayed on a number of elaborate information boards that currently exist (2007) at the Uranquinty roadside barbecue area in the centre of the town.
  4. ^ Dunn, Peter. "CRASH OF A WIRRAWAY AT URANQUINTY, NSW ON 7 APRIL 1942". www.ozatwar.com. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  5. ^ S. Morris, Uranquinty Remembers: A migrant experience, 1948–1952, Uranquinty Progress Association, Wagga Wagga, 2001.
  6. ^ Schuller, Helen (19 January 2009). "ORG's Uranquinty Power Station goes online". Macquarie Network (NewsLive). Retrieved 20 January 2009. 
  7. ^ Uranquinty Railway Station at www.nswrail.net.
  8. ^ Countrylink Timetable.

External links[edit]

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