Grenfell, New South Wales
New South Wales
Main Street, Grenfell, during the 2011 Henry Lawson Festival
|Population||2,513 (2011 census)|
|Elevation||410 m (1,345 ft)|
Grenfell is a country town in Weddin Shire in the Central West of New South Wales, Australia. It is 370 kilometres west of Sydney and five hours' drive from the city. It is close to Forbes, Cowra and Young. At the 2011 census, Grenfell had a population of 1,996.
Prior to European settlement the Grenfell area was home to the Wiradjuri Aborigines. Grenfell is a goldmining town first known as Emu Creek and renamed in honour of John Grenfell, Gold Commissioner at Forbes, who had been killed in 1866 when bushrangers attacked a stagecoach on which he was travelling. Weddin Post Office opened on 3 December 1866 and was renamed Grenfell on 24 December the same year. By 1870-71 it was producing more gold than any other town in NSW. However by the mid-1870s gold was in decline. Wheat was first grown in the district in 1871. In late October 1901, the railway from Koorawatha to Grenfell was officially opened. Unlike most Australian country towns Grenfell has a main street which bends.
In June 2007, the Spirit of the Bush Concert was held on the sporting fields. Acts included the organiser and Australian of the Year Lee Kernaghan, local and international star Steve Forde & the Flange, Adam Brand, Leo Sayer, Diesel, and The McClymonts.
Henry Lawson Festival
The poet and story writer Henry Lawson was born on the nearby gold fields. On the Queen's Birthday weekend in June every year, the town hosts The Henry Lawson Festival of Arts, which attracts thousands of visitors. The festival is a celebration of local and national talent, with art, poetry and writing competitions drawing entries from all over Australia. It was first held in 1958. The June weekend was chosen because it is close to Lawson's birthday. Over the years, such personalities as Chips Rafferty, Barry Humphries, Patrick White and Sigrid Thornton have attended.
- Ben Halls Cave
- Weddin Mountains National Park
- The Former Historic main street, George Street
- Henry Lawson's Birthplace
- O'Brians Hill
- Iandra Castle
- The Big Gold Pick and Pan
- Grenfell Art Gallery
- Grenfell Museum
- Australia Day – January
- Dazza and Shazzas – Backyard Rave Party & BBQ – March
- ANZAC Day Commemorations – April
- Grenfell Picnic Races – April
- Henry Lawson Festival – June
- Grenfell Show – August/September
- Caragabal Sheep Races – September
- Jockey Club Races – September
- Weddin Mountain Muster – September/October
- Grenfell Gold Fest – October
- Carols by Candlelight – December
The villages of Weddin Shire
- Greenethorpe – George Greene built Iandra Castle between 1886 and 1908 and established Australia's first share farming agreement. He was instrumental in providing a rail link from Koorawatha to transport wheat. Greenethorpe grew as a support town for the rural population and was named in honour of George Greene.
- Caragabal – The town developed as a staging post and watering hole for coach drivers and horses on the run between West Wyalong and Grenfell. Caragabal was once a thriving hub for railway, stock and grain. Enjoy the 18 hole golf course, tennis courts, bowling club and hotel.
- Quandialla – Quandialla is the aboriginal word for spiny anteater. Founded in 1914 as a railway town, Quandialla is a tight knit community of 200 people. Enjoy a drink at the historic hotel or visit the local store, swimming pool and bowling club. Quandialla was the setting for the film 1915.
- "2011 Census QuickStats – Grenfell (Urban Centre)".
- "Grenfell's History". Retrieved 10 April 2013.
- Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 2011-05-26.
- "KOORAWATHA TO GRENFELL RAILWAY.". The Sydney Morning Herald (National Library of Australia). 28 October 1901. p. 4. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
- A ride from Grenfell to Gulgong is also held to commemorate the Lawson family trek from Grenfell to Gulgong when he was a boy.The Grenfell Henry Laawson Festival of Arts History of Festival
Media related to Grenfell, New South Wales at Wikimedia Commons
- Grenfell's web site
- About the town
- Sydney Morning Herald 5 January 2003: Grenfell's attempts to woo people to move to the town.