New South Wales
Location of Argyle
Argyle County was one of the original Nineteen Counties in New South Wales and is now one of the 141 Cadastral divisions of New South Wales. It includes the area around Goulburn. It is bounded by Lake George in the south-west, the Shoalhaven River in the east, and the Wollondilly River in the north-east.
In 1829 the Act for Instituting and regulating Courts of General and Quarter Sessions in New South Wales established courts in the county at Cookbundoon, Goulburn Plains and Inverary. James Byrne was Assistant Surveyor for the County in 1832. In 1835 Argyle had a magistrate and police force.
In 1852 it had an area of 1,248,600 acres (5,053 km2) and population of 5,565. It was also described as having productive land and inexhaustible water.
In 1857, Charles Cowper was a major landowner in the area, and held 19,720 acres (79.8 km2) in the county. The Electoral district of Argyle was the former state electoral district for the area between 1856 and 1904. The 1911 Britannica mentions Goulburn as being in the county.
The Greater Argyle Council was formed in 2004 after a proposal to make a new local government area to focus on the County of Argyle, formed from an amalgamation of the former City of Goulburn and parts of Mulwaree Shire. It was renamed the Goulburn Mulwaree Council in October 2004.
Parishes within this county
A full list of parishes found within this county; their current LGA and mapping coordinates to the approximate centre of each location is as follows:
- "Argyle". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales.
- Richlands Homestead via Taralga, NSW
- Archives investigator, Courts of General and Quarter Sessions[dead link]
- Greenwich Meadows-Farms for sale
- Police NSW, history docs, Argyle Police Force[dead link]
- "Old Welsh Books with English Translations", The Land of Gold: the Companion for the Welsh Emigrant to Australia, 1852
- NSW Parliament, Sir Charles Cowper (1807-1875)
- 1911 encyclopedia, Goulburn
- Proposal Greater Argyle City Council[dead link]
- Goulburn Mulwaree Council meeting, Nov. 2004 Renaming of Argyle to Goulburn Mulwaree[dead link]