Narromine

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Narromine
New South Wales
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Imperial Hotel
Narromine is located in New South Wales
Narromine
Narromine
Coordinates 32°14′S 148°14′E / 32.233°S 148.233°E / -32.233; 148.233Coordinates: 32°14′S 148°14′E / 32.233°S 148.233°E / -32.233; 148.233
Population 3,789 (2011 census)[1]
Established 1883[2]
Postcode(s) 2821
Elevation 236 m (774 ft)[3]
Location
LGA(s) Narromine Shire
State electorate(s) Dubbo
Federal Division(s) Parkes
Website Narromine
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall[3]
 ? ? 526.8 mm
20.7 in

Narromine is a town located about 40 kilometres (25 mi) west of Dubbo in the Orana region of New South Wales, Australia. It is the centre of Narromine Shire. At the 2011 census, Narromine had a population of 3,789.[1] The area is a popular area for gliding and the growing of citrus fruits. The Macquarie River passes through the town. The main road from Dubbo to the west also passes through, this being the Mitchell Highway named after the early explorer Sir Thomas Mitchell. The area is characterised by hot summers and mild winters.

History[edit]

The town name comes from a pastoral property, which in turn came from an Aboriginal word for 'honey person'.[4][5]

The first European to visit the district was John Oxley who traced the course of the Macquarie River in 1818.[6]

The Main West railway line extension between Dubbo to Nevertire, which included Narromine was officially opened on 20 October 1882.[7] The town was established after the railway opened, the first structures in the town being the railway platforms.[8] The township was gazetted in 1883, and the railway station opened on 1 May 1883.[2][9] It was renamed to its current spelling in October 1889.[9] Narramine Post Office opened on 20 October 1882 and was renamed Narromine in 1900.[10] The village of Narramine was proclaimed in 1885, and numerous buildings followed, including the police station built in 1890, the store (1890) and the Royal Hotel (1890).[2][11] A bridge over the Macquarie River was built in 1897.[2] After federation, the population of Narromine was 2,228 in the 1911 census, and in 1947 the population was 1,816.[12][13]

Floods[edit]

In late March 1926, Narromine experienced its biggest flood since 1893, with the Macquarie River peaking at 50 feet (15 m) at 5 am on 27 March.[14][15] Narromine was isolated due to floodwaters cutting roads, telephone lines and the railway line.[15] A large area of country around the town was covered in water. Very little damage was reported.[15] In the floods of April 1990, the river peaked at Narromine at a record 15.93 metres (52.3 ft).[16]

Personalities[edit]

The town of Narromine has produced several success stories, most recently sports personalities Glenn McGrath (Australian cricket team: Fast bowler ), Melinda Gainsford-Taylor (Sprinter: Commonwealth Games medalist), Disney animator Adam Phillips and Justin Smith (rugby league: North Queensland Cowboys). Other notable sportsmen to represent Australia at the International level include David Gillespie (Australian Rugby League) and David Jansen (International Gliding Championships).

Sporting teams[edit]

Narromine is heavily involved in regional sport. As a result of Narromine's proud sporting heroes this town has a great involvement in a number of different sports.

In Rugby League, Narromine is represented by the Narromine Jets in the Group 11 Country Rugby League competition. Narromine has had a significant amount of success in this competition. Particularly, in 2002/2003 when their U18's took out the Group 11 competition with relative ease. The team defeated Dubbo Cyms in the 2002 grand final after completing the regular season undefeated. In 2003 the team lost only one game before defeating Dubbo Macquarie Raiders in a one sided affair.

The town also boasts a successful Rugby Union team known as the Narromine Gorillas. Founded in 1982, the Gorillas have been a major force across the central competitions and currently compete in the Blowes Clothing Cup. The first grade side won their most recent premiership in 2009 defeating the Bathurst Bulldogs in the grand final, and also registered three straight minor premierships from 2009-2011. As well as seniors and women's teams, the Gorillas has a fantastic junior rugby program with U/13's, U/15's and U/17's teams, plus sub-juniors.

Parish of Narromine[edit]

The parish of Narromine is a cadastral parish in the county of Narromine. The parish extends from the eastern boundary of Narromine township going east till Minore. The township of Narromine is actually within the Parish of Wentworth, named after William Wentworth, prominent colonial politician, who owned land in Narromine Parish.

Military history[edit]

During World War 2, Narromine was the location of RAAF No.19 Inland Aircraft Fuel Depot (IAFD), completed in 1942 and closed on 14 June 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).[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2011 Census QuickStats – Narromine (Urban Centre)". Australian Bureau of Statistics. March 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Australian Heritage - Narromine". Historical Towns Directory. Heritage Australia Publishing. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Monthly Rainfall - Narromine (Alagalah St)". Climate Data Online. Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Narromine". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 7 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "PLACE NAMES.". The Australian Women's Weekly. National Library of Australia. 13 May 1964. p. 61. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  6. ^ Narromine - A Railway History McKillop, Robert F. Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, January, 1997 pp 3-22.
  7. ^ "EXTENSION OF THE RAILWAY FROM DUBBO TO NEVERTIRE.". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 21 October 1882. p. 12. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  8. ^ Developing the Inland: The Great Western Railway to Bourke McKillop, Bob Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, September 2002 pp 328-340.
  9. ^ a b "Narromine Station". NSWrail.net. Rolfe Bozier. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  10. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2009-06-11 
  11. ^ "Narromine Timeline". Macquarie Regional Library. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "CENSUS OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA 1911 – Part XIV Summary" (PDF). Census of the Commonwealth of Australia 1911. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 1911. p. 229. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "CENSUS OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA 30th June, 1947 – PART VIII. – POPULATION AND OCCUPIED DWELLINGS IN LOCALITIES" (PDF). CENSUS OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA 30th June, 1947. Australian Bureau of Statistics. p. 43. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "THE FLOODS.". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 29 March 1926. p. 11. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  15. ^ a b c "MACQUARIE RIVER.". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 29 March 1926. p. 11. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  16. ^ "Macquarie Region". FloodSafe. NSW State Emergency Service. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  17. ^ Australia. Royal Australian Air Force. Historical Section (1995), Logistics units, AGPS Press, ISBN 978-0-644-42798-2 

External links[edit]

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