Bigga, New South Wales

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Bigga
New South Wales
Bigga is located in New South Wales
Bigga
Bigga
Coordinates 34°05′S 149°09′E / 34.083°S 149.150°E / -34.083; 149.150Coordinates: 34°05′S 149°09′E / 34.083°S 149.150°E / -34.083; 149.150
Population 296 (2011 census)[1]
Established 1892
Postcode(s) 2583
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST) AEDT (UTC+11)
Location
LGA(s) Upper Lachlan Shire
Region Southern Tablelands
County Georgiana
Parish Bigga
State electorate(s) Goulburn
Federal Division(s) Hume

Bigga is a village in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia, in Upper Lachlan Shire. It is in the Parish of Bigga, County of Georgiana. At the 2011 census, Bigga and the surrounding area had a population of 465.[1] The name Bigga is thought to originate as a shortened version of the Biggs Grant.[2] Bigga is on the western side of the Abercrombie Mountains. It is 91 km northwest of Goulburn and 52 km southeast of Cowra. Nearby towns are: Abercrombie, Binda, Greenmantle, Grabine, Reids Flat, and Tuena. Nearby places are: Blanket Flat and Crooked Corner. These places were once towns.

Bigga is noted for producing some of the world's finest superfine wool.

The earliest explorer into the Bigga area was James Meehan who passed through in April 1820, travelling from Mount McDonald to Bathurst, via what was then called the Fish River, but today is known as the Lachlan River. The first official land sale in the region was of 1,000 acres (400 ha) at Sandy Creek to Samuel Blackman in 1835. Sandy Creek was one of the first fine wool farms in the district. During the 1850s there was a land boom and numerous families added to the three original families of the area: the McGuinesses, Blackmans and the Hearnes. After this the area again did not attract new settlers until the 1880s. Bigga village was proclaimed in 1892. In May 1896 a Bigga and Blanket Flat progress association was formed.

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  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Bigga (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Bigga". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 13 June 2009.