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New South Wales
Entering Cookardinia
Cookardinia is located in New South Wales
Coordinates 35°34′0″S 147°13′0″E / 35.56667°S 147.21667°E / -35.56667; 147.21667Coordinates: 35°34′0″S 147°13′0″E / 35.56667°S 147.21667°E / -35.56667; 147.21667
Population 283 (2001 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2650
LGA(s) Greater Hume Shire Council
County Goulburn
State electorate(s) Albury
Federal Division(s) Farrer

Cookardinia is a locality in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia. The locality is 57 kilometres (35 mi) south of the regional city of Wagga Wagga and 24 kilometres (15 mi) east of the town of Henty. Its surrounding area has an approximate population of 283 persons.[1]

The place name Cookardinia is derived from the local Aboriginal word meaning "the place of the giant kingfisher" - probably a reference to the Kookaburra and hence the phonetic similarity of the start of each word.[3]

Only several small buildings remain, including the old 'Buckaringa' woolshed on the Cookardinia - Henty road and the Memorial Hall built in 1925.

On the intersection of the Henty, Culcairn and Holbrook roads can be seen the (rapidly deteriorating) ruins of the Squatter's Arms Inn which was built in 1848.

The Squatter's Arms Inn closed its doors to official trading in 1925 but then was briefly restored internally when it featured in the 1976 filming of Mad Dog Morgan, starring Dennis Hopper.[4][5]

Cookardinia Post Office opened on 1 December 1873 and closed in 1976.[6]



  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "1161205 (Census Collection District)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 June 2007.  Map
  2. ^ Travelmate Archived 25 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Cookardinia". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Travel - Henty". Sydney Morning Herald. 2004-02-08. Retrieved 2007-01-04. 
  5. ^ Mad Dog Morgan Movie (1976)
  6. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 2009-06-11. 

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