Collector, New South Wales

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New South Wales
The War Memorial at Collector
Collector is located in New South Wales
Coordinates34°55′S 149°26′E / 34.917°S 149.433°E / -34.917; 149.433Coordinates: 34°55′S 149°26′E / 34.917°S 149.433°E / -34.917; 149.433
Population313 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)Upper Lachlan Shire
State electorate(s)Goulburn
Federal Division(s)Hume
Localities around Collector:
Cullerin Breadalbane Wollogorang
Lerida Collector Currawang
Gundaroo Lake George Currawang

Collector is a small village on the Federal Highway in New South Wales, Australia halfway between Goulburn and the Australian Capital Territory.[2] It is seven kilometres north of Lake George. At the 2016 census, Collector and the surrounding district had a population of 313 people.[1]


The area was first settled by Europeans in 1829 when Terence Aubrey Murray was granted an area of land in the area in 1829, originally called Old Collector. Murray acquired further land in the area and renamed his property Winderradeen where he built a 12-room house on the land in 1837. At about the same time he also acquired the property of Yarralumla on the Limestone Plains, now Government House.[3] A post office opened at Collector in 1848. The village reportedly is named after the Aboriginal name for the region, colegdar.[4][5] The town was bypassed in June 1988 as part of upgrade works on the Federal Highway, including the construction of a bridge across the Collector Creek floodplain providing all weather access to Canberra.[6] The village has struggled to remain viable, once a convenient stopover for travellers between Sydney and Canberra most of the businesses in town had relied on the passing trade.

The Bushranger Hotel in Collector was the site of a shooting of a Constable Samuel Nelson on 26 Jan 1865, by John Dunn, a member of Ben Hall's gang. A memorial was placed to mark the site of Nelson's grave a century later on 26 January 1965.[5]

Heritage listings[edit]

Collector has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Present day[edit]

Collector is situated in the Lake George wine region, and several wineries have been established near the village, including Lerida Estate, Lake George Winery and the award-winning Collector Wines.[8] The Collector Village Pumpkin Festival has been held annually since 2003. This traditional harvest festival offers market stalls, live music and entertainment, local produce as well as vintage car and farming machinery displays.[9] Collector is increasing in popularity as a commuter town due to its proximity to the larger centres of Goulburn and Canberra, with new residents attracted by the country lifestyle and village atmosphere. There is a small public primary school located in the village, with 28 students enrolled in 2007.[10]

Dreamer's Gate[edit]

Dreamer's Gate
ArtistTony Phantastes
Year1993 - 1997
TypeConcrete on a chicken wire and wooden frame
LocationCollector, New South Wales, Australia

Collector is also famous for the controversial sculpture Dreamer by Tony Phantastes, built between 1993 and 1997 to commemorate, among other things, his father and son's life. A Gothic structure of cement and chicken wire, the artist and the Gunning Shire Council were in constant battle regarding the structure between 1997 and 2004.[11] The plot in which the sculpture stands was for sale and the sculpture itself under demolition orders[12] but still stands as of November 2016. [13]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Collector (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 June 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Collector". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 29 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ Wilson, Gwendoline (1967). "Murray, Sir Terence Aubrey (1810 - 1873)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Collector". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 July 2009. Edit this at Wikidata
  5. ^ a b "Collector". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2006. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  6. ^ "National Highway 23". Ozroads website. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  7. ^ "The Ben Hall Sites - Bushranger Hotel". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01827. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Wineries". Canberra District Wine Industry Association. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  9. ^ "Collector Village Pumpkin Festival". Archived from the original on 9 April 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  10. ^ "Collector Public School". Department of Education and Communities (New South Wales). 8 November 2007.
  11. ^ "Dreamers Gate, Church St, Collector (Place ID 102138)". Australian Heritage Database. Department of the Environment. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  12. ^ "Costly fight to keep CollectorChr(39)s dreamy sculpture". The Canberra Times. 7 February 2001. Archived from the original on 21 August 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  13. ^

Further reading[edit]

  • Exploring the ACT and Southeast New South Wales, J. Kay McDonald, Kangaroo Press, Sydney, 1985 ISBN 0-86417-049-1