Bookham, New South Wales
New South Wales
|Population||161 (2016 census)|
|Elevation||607 m (1,991 ft)|
|LGA(s)||Yass Valley Council|
Overview and history
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.
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.
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.
Bookham Post Office opened on 1 September 1864 and closed in 1993.. 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.. 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.
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- Travelmate Archived March 25, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- Tourism Australia Bookham & Banjo Patterson Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- ABC Tasmanian Stories
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- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2009-06-11
- Tourism Australia Bookham Churches Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
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