Stuart Town, New South Wales

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Stuart Town
New South Wales
Stuart Town, overlooking the railway station
Stuart Town is located in New South Wales
Stuart Town
Stuart Town
Coordinates32°48′0″S 149°05′0″E / 32.80000°S 149.08333°E / -32.80000; 149.08333Coordinates: 32°48′0″S 149°05′0″E / 32.80000°S 149.08333°E / -32.80000; 149.08333
Population487 (2011 census)[1]
LGA(s)Dubbo Regional Council
State electorate(s)Dubbo
Federal Division(s)Parkes

Stuart Town, formerly known as Ironbark, is a small town on the Central Western Slopes of New South Wales, Australia within Dubbo Regional Council. It is located 317 kilometres (197 mi) north-west of the state capital, Sydney. At the 2011 census, Stuart Town had a population of 487.[1] The area around the town is rich in cattle farming and orchards, so the town serves as a service centre to that area.

It has a public school[2] and Catholic and Anglican churches.


The town was established in 1879 with the arrival of the railway from Sydney after reports of gold being found in the area, but was not fully established until the construction of the nearby Lake Burrendong. The town was formerly called Ironbark and so is the feature of the Banjo Paterson poem "The Man from Ironbark". It conducts an annual Man from Ironbark Festival.[3]

Stuart Town is often claimed to be the birthplace of the former New South Wales Premier Sir Robert Askin. In fact, he was born at Glebe in Sydney, but he did spend much of his childhood at Stuart Town.

Heritage listings[edit]

Stuart Town has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Stuart Town station is served by a daily NSW TrainLink XPT service which runs between Sydney and Dubbo.[5]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Stuart Town (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 April 2015. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Ironbarks School
  3. ^ Welcome to Stuart Town
  4. ^ "Stuart Town Railway Station group". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01253. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Western timetable". NSW Trainlink. 7 September 2019.

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