Boggabri

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Boggabri
New South Wales
Boggabri (3).JPG
Court House
Boggabri is located in New South Wales
Boggabri
Boggabri
Coordinates 30°42′S 150°02′E / 30.700°S 150.033°E / -30.700; 150.033Coordinates: 30°42′S 150°02′E / 30.700°S 150.033°E / -30.700; 150.033
Population 866 (2011 census)[1]
Established 1850s
Postcode(s) 2382
Elevation 251 m (823 ft)
LGA(s)
County Pottinger
State electorate(s) Barwon
Federal Division(s) New England, Parkes
Gin's Leap, Kamilaroi Highway, Boggabri, NSW

Boggabri is a small town in north-western New South Wales, Australia. It is part of Narrabri Shire and lies between Gunnedah and Narrabri on the Kamilaroi Highway. At the 2011 census, the town had a population of 866 people.[1]

The original town site was 20 km south and settled in the 1830s, but was relocated after a flood washed it away in the 1850s.[2] Boggabri comes from Gamilaraay bagaaybaraay, literally "having creeks".[3] It is likely a reference to the Namoi River, which passes through Boggabri.

Boggabri's main tourist attraction is Gin's Leap. Its name derives from the story of an Aboriginal girl who was promised to an elder of her tribe, the Kamilaroi, and ran away with a young man from a neighbouring tribe. The couple were pursued and, seeing no escape, jumped from the cliff to their deaths.[4]

Dripping Rock is another natural attraction featuring water that seeps through sedimentary rock and drips down a 50m high wall. The water cascades down into a rock pool below after good rain creating a local waterfall.[5]

Boggabri is also famous for being the hometown of Country Rugby League Firsts Representative, Newcastle Rep player and Player of the year in 2016, a Newcastle Knight Junior Representative and long standing Macquarie Scorpion in the Real NRL. Blake is commonly regarded as one of the toughest players to grace Lyle Peacock oval.

There are two primary schools in Boggabri: Boggabri Public School and Sacred Heart Primary School.

The town is also home to the Boggabri John Prior Health Service and Prior House Frail Aged Care Home, both named after resident Dr John Prior OAM (1922-2014),[6] who served as the community's sole doctor for half a century and is believed to be New South Wales' longest serving GP.[7]

Boggabri railway station is situated on the Mungindi line, 515 km from Sydney.[8] The station opened in 1882 consists of a station building on a single side platform, a passing loop and small goods yard.[9] Currently a single daily Xplorer diesel railmotor operating between Sydney and Moree serves the station.[10]

The churchman Roland St John MBE and his barrister brother Edward St John QC MP were born at Boggabri when their father was Anglican rector there.

In 1946, Boggabri's rugby league club player, Trevor Eather, was selected to play for the Australian national team.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Boggabri (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Boggabri". Narrabri Shore Council. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Boggabri". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 20 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "Gins Leap". Narrabri Shire Council. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Dripping Rock". Narrabri Shire Council. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Country doctor with a heart of gold". Sydney Morning Herald. 9 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Long-serving Boggabri GP remembered". Australian Community Media - Fairfax Media. 6 February 2014. 
  8. ^ Boggabri Railway Station. NSWrail.net. Accessed 1 April 2008.
  9. ^ "Boggabri Railway Station | NSW Environment & Heritage". www.environment.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  10. ^ "North West timetable" (PDF). NSW Trainlink. 20 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Captain Out Of Test Team". The Courier-Mail (1933 - 1954). Brisbane, Qld. 17 July 1946. 

External links[edit]

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