Bookham, New South Wales

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New South Wales
Entering Bookham
Bookham is located in New South Wales
Coordinates34°48′47″S 148°38′36″E / 34.8131°S 148.6433°E / -34.8131; 148.6433Coordinates: 34°48′47″S 148°38′36″E / 34.8131°S 148.6433°E / -34.8131; 148.6433
Population161 (2016 census)[1]
Elevation607 m (1,991 ft)
LGA(s)Yass Valley Council
State electorate(s)Goulburn
Federal Division(s)Eden-Monaro
Localities around Bookham:
Berremangra Binalong Bowning
Berremangra Bookham Bowning
Adjungbilly Burrinjuck Woolgarlo

Bookham is a small village in the Southern Tablelands and Riverina regions of New South Wales, Australia in Yass Valley Shire. It is about 29 km west of Yass on the Hume Highway.

Overview and history[edit]

The general grazing area which now encompasses the village of Bookham was originally collectively called Bogolong and childhood memories of the races at Bogalong Racetrack inspired Banjo Paterson to write his poem Old Pardon the Son of Reprieve.[3]

The name change came about in 1839 when Lady Jane Franklin, wife of John Franklin, the Lieutenant Governor of Van Diemen's Land between 1837 and 1843, became the first woman European woman to travel overland from Port Phillip to Sydney and stayed in the area in 1839.[4]

Shortly after a design for the village at Cumbookambookinah near Bogolong was drawn up and that name was shortened either through general usage or by design to the current name of Bookham.[5]

Bookham Post Office opened on 1 September 1864 and closed in 1993.[6]. While the Post Office had a number of homes, its most recent has now been turned into a cafe, Barney's of Bookham.

There are two churches: the Uniting Church (c. 1926) and St. Columba's Catholic Church, (c. 1910) still standing in the town.[7]. St Columba's Catholic Church now houses the Bookham Bazaar Pop Up offering a range of homewares, furniture, fashion, gifts and more from Australia, India, Turkey and France. The Bookham Bazaar is held during holiday periods throughout the year.

At the 2016 census, Bookham had a population of 161 people. 82.7% of people were born in Australia and 87.7% of people spoke only English at home. [1]



  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Bookham (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 June 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Travelmate Archived March 25, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Tourism Australia Bookham & Banjo Patterson Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ ABC Tasmanian Stories
  5. ^ "Bookham". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales.
  6. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2009-06-11
  7. ^ Tourism Australia Bookham Churches Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.