Lake Bathurst (New South Wales)

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Lake Bathurst
Bundong
Lake george nsw.jpg
Lake Bathurst at the top of the image, pictured in 1985, viewed from a space shuttle. The larger lake is Lake George.
Lake Bathurst is located in New South Wales
Lake Bathurst
Lake Bathurst
Location in New South Wales
Location Southern Tablelands, New South Wales
Coordinates 35°03′S 149°44′E / 35.050°S 149.733°E / -35.050; 149.733Coordinates: 35°03′S 149°44′E / 35.050°S 149.733°E / -35.050; 149.733
Etymology Earl Bathurst
Basin countries Australia
Surface area 2 to 10 km2 (0.77 to 3.86 sq mi)

Lake Bathurst (Aboriginal: Bundong[citation needed]) is a shallow lake located 27 kilometres (17 mi) south-east of Goulburn, New South Wales in Australia. It is also the name of a nearby locality in the Goulburn Mulwaree Council.

Features and location[edit]

The surface area of the lake can vary from 2 square kilometres (0.77 sq mi) up to 10 square kilometres (3.9 sq mi), depending on the inflow and evaporation rates.

The lake was named by surveyor James Meehan in honour of Earl Bathurst, Secretary of State for the Colonies,[1] and the nearby village was named after the lake.

Birds[edit]

The lake is an important site for Australasian shovellers.

The lake is an important site for Australasian shovellers. A 19 square kilometres (7.3 sq mi) area of the lake and its immediate surrounds has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA) because it regularly supports significant numbers of near threatened blue-billed ducks and over 1% of the world population of Australasian shovellers. It is an important drought refuge, sometimes supporting over 1% of the world populations of freckled ducks, black swans, chestnut teals and sharp-tailed sandpipers.[2][3]

Locality[edit]

Lake Bathurst
New South Wales
Lake Bathurst is located in New South Wales
Lake Bathurst
Lake Bathurst
Coordinates 35°00′57″S 149°39′02″E / 35.01583°S 149.65056°E / -35.01583; 149.65056
Population 228 (2016 census)[4]
Postcode(s) 2580
Location
LGA(s) Goulburn Mulwaree Council
Region Southern Tablelands
County Argyle
Parish Covan
State electorate(s) Goulburn
Federal Division(s) Hume
Localities around Lake Bathurst:
Currawang Tirrannaville Quialigo
Currawang Lake Bathurst Windellama
Tarago Tarago Lower Boro

Lake Bathurst is also the name of a very small village, located on the Goulburn-Braidwood Road, 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) west of the lake.[5] At the 2016 census, the Lake Bathurst area had a population of 228.[4]

Lake Bathurst station[edit]

Lake Bathurst had a railway station (35°00′54″S 149°38′53″E / 35.0150°S 149.6481°E / -35.0150; 149.6481) on the Bombala railway line from 1884 to 1975.[6][7]

Inveralochy station[edit]

Another station (34°57′56″S 149°38′51″E / 34.9655°S 149.6476°E / -34.9655; 149.6476) was established under the name of Inveralochy in the northern part of the locality in 1890 and was closed in 1974.[8][9]

Military history[edit]

During World War 2, Lake Bathurst was the location of RAAF No.16 Inland Aircraft Fuel Depot (IAFD), completed in 1942 and closed on 29 August 1944. Usually consisting of 4 tanks, 31 fuel depots were built across Australia for the storage and supply of aircraft fuel for the RAAF and the US Army Air Forces at a total cost of £900,000 ($1,800,000).[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lake Bathurst". www.argylecounty.com.au. Archived from the original on 14 February 2017. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  2. ^ "IBA: Lake Bathurst". Birdata. Birds Australia. Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  3. ^ "Lake Bathurst". BirdLife International. Archived from the original on 3 August 2017. Retrieved 3 August 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Lake Bathurst". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 August 2017.  Edit this at Wikidata
  5. ^ "Lake Bathurst". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. 
  6. ^ "Lake Bathurst Station". NSWrail.net. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  7. ^ "Lake Bathurst Railway Station". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. 
  8. ^ "Inveralochy". NSWRail.net. Retrieved 3 August 2017. 
  9. ^ "Inveralochy Railway Station". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. 
  10. ^ Australia. Royal Australian Air Force. Historical Section (1995), Logistics units, AGPS Press, ISBN 978-0-644-42798-2 

Further reading[edit]

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