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
Postcode(s) 2582
Elevation 617 m (2,024 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Yass Valley Council
County Buccleuch
State electorate(s) Burrinjuck
Federal Division(s) Hume

Wee Jasper is a village of about 80 people in the Goodradigbee valley at the western foot of the Brindabella Ranges, near Burrinjuck Dam in New South Wales, Australia in Yass Valley Shire.[1] It is located 80 km north-west of Canberra and 54 km south-west of Yass.

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.[2]

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.[1] Others lie to the north and south, including Dip, Dogleg, Punch-bowl and Signature Caves.[1]

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.[3]

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  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 2009-10-27. 
  3. ^ 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.