Wee Jasper, New South Wales

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Wee Jasper
New South Wales
GoodradigbeeWeeJasperBridge 002.jpg
Bridge across the Goodradigbee River at Wee Jasper
Wee Jasper is located in New South Wales
Wee Jasper
Wee Jasper
Coordinates 35°06′0″S 148°40′0″E / 35.10000°S 148.66667°E / -35.10000; 148.66667Coordinates: 35°06′0″S 148°40′0″E / 35.10000°S 148.66667°E / -35.10000; 148.66667
Population 275 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2582
Elevation 617 m (2,024 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Yass Valley Council
County Buccleuch
State electorate(s) Goulburn
Federal Division(s) Hume

Wee Jasper is a village in the Goodradigbee valley at the western foot of the Brindabella Ranges, near Burrinjuck Dam in New South Wales, Australia in Yass Valley Shire.[2] It is located 80 km north-west of Canberra and 54 km south-west of Yass. At the 2011 census, Wee Jasper and the surrounding area had a population of 275.[1]

Wee Jasper Post Office was first opened on January 1886 and closed on March 1892. Three years later, it was reopened again and remained in service until 1994.[3]

Near the village are several camping and recreation reserves close to numerous caves. The best known cave is Carey's Cave, a system of seven caverns lying just north of the town.[2] Others lie to the north and south, including Dip, Dogleg, Punch-bowl and Signature Caves.[2]

Fossils, including members of the Acanthothoracid placoderm fish family Weejasperaspididae, the primitive placoderm Brindabellaspis stensioi and the prehistoric lungfish, Dipnorhynchus cathlesae, have been found in the area.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Wee Jasper (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Dow L, Guyon D, Irving R, McPhee M, Matthews A, Prineas P, Rubinich T, Simpson J (1995). Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Australian Places. Surry Hills, NSW: Reader's Digest. p. 209. ISBN 0-86438-399-1. 
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 2009-10-27. 
  4. ^ Campbell, K.S.W.; R.E. Barwick (1999). "A New Species of the Devonian Lungfish Dipnorhynchus from Wee Jasper, New South Wales" (PDF). Records of the Australian Museum 51(2): 123–140. Australian Museum. Retrieved 2007-01-30.