Oaklands, New South Wales

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Oaklands
New South Wales
OaklandsMilthorpeSt.JPG
Milthorpe Street, the main street of Oaklands
Oaklands is located in New South Wales
Oaklands
Oaklands
Coordinates 35°32′0″S 146°10′0″E / 35.53333°S 146.16667°E / -35.53333; 146.16667Coordinates: 35°32′0″S 146°10′0″E / 35.53333°S 146.16667°E / -35.53333; 146.16667
Population 238 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2646
Elevation 128 m (420 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Federation Council
County Urana
State electorate(s) Murray
Federal Division(s) Farrer

Oaklands is a town in the Riverina district of southern New South Wales, Australia. The town is located 615 kilometres south west of the state capital, Sydney and 105 kilometres north west of Albury. Oaklands is in the Federation Council local government area and at the 2011 census, had a population of 238.[1]

The earliest settlement in the district of Oaklands was by the Tyson brothers, James and William, in 1846. [2] Oaklands Post Office opened on 16 June 1890.[3]

The major industry in the Oaklands region is agriculture, including the production of wheat and rice and is a major grain handling area. It is the home of the Oaklands Diuris, a threatened native orchid that is currently only found in the Oaklands region.[4]

History[edit]

Rail[edit]

A standard gauge branch line from the New South Wales Government Railways Main South line at The Rock was extended from Lockhart to Oaklands in 1912.[5]

A broad gauge branch line from the Victorian Railways North East line at Benalla was extended from Yarrawonga to Oaklands in 1938, creating a break-of-gauge until the New South Wales line was closed south of Boree Creek. There are several stations between Yarrawonga and Oaklands.[6]

With the conversion of the North East railway to Albury to standard gauge in 2008, the Oaklands branch railway was for a time a gauge orphan. After much lobbying, the 113 kilometres (70 mi) branch was converted to 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in).

Oaklands is located 313 km from Melbourne and 675 km from Sydney.

Preceding station   NSW Branch lines   Following station
Terminus Oaklands Line
(closed section)
towards The Rock

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Oaklands (State Suburbs)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 April 2015.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Terry, Mona (1985). The Light Shines On. A History of Oaklands. Lions Club of Oaklands. p. 275. ISBN 0958929904. 
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  4. ^ NSW Department of Environment and Conservation - Oaklands Diuris Retrieved 1 November 2006
  5. ^ "Oaklands Branch". www.nswrail.net. Retrieved 2006-12-11. 
  6. ^ Yarrawong to Oaklands

External links[edit]

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