Bookham, New South Wales

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New South Wales
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Bookham is located in New South Wales
Coordinates 34°47′21″S 148°38′16″E / 34.78917°S 148.63778°E / -34.78917; 148.63778Coordinates: 34°47′21″S 148°38′16″E / 34.78917°S 148.63778°E / -34.78917; 148.63778
Population 156 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2582
Elevation 607 m (1,991 ft)
LGA(s) Yass Valley Council
County Harden
State electorate(s) Goulburn
Federal Division(s) Hume

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. At the 2011 census, Bookham had a population of 156 people.[1]


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]

There are two churches: the Uniting Church (c. 1926) and St. Columba's Catholic Church, (c. 1910) still standing in the town.[7]



  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Bookham (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  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.