Warragamba, New South Wales
New South Wales
|Population||1,197 (2006 census)|
Warragamba is a town in New South Wales, Australia, in Wollondilly Shire. Located on the eastern edge of the Blue Mountains, Warragamba is one and a half hour's drive west of Sydney. The name Warragamba comes from the aboriginal words Warra and Gamba meaning water running over rocks. At the 2006 census, Warragamba had a population of 1,197.
Originally constructed as a workers' settlement during the construction of Warragamba Dam, Sydney's primary water source, in the 1940s the modern town of Warragamba remains on the same site adjacent the dam. The town was built from scratch, including homes, shops, schools and other facilities.
On completion of the dam being built many workers bought their homes from the Water Board and stayed on in the township. Warragamba Public School celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in September 1998 despite the fact it was to be demolished after the completion of Warragamba Dam in the 1960s.
Warragamba is unusual for an Australian town, as the streets do not have typical names, but are numbered (such as First Street and Eighteenth Street).
Ongoing dam works (including recent safety improvements) have severely reduced weekend visitors. The town also lost 30 homes and businesses in the Warragamba Bushfire of 2001. It was home to African Lion Safari until 1991.
A new Warragamba Dam Visitor Centre and Haviland Park are becoming a popular tourist attractions thanks in part to the excellent picnic facilities.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Warragamba (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 13 February 2010.
- Warragamba Parish History
- Evans, George William (1780 - 1852) Biographical Entry - Australian Dictionary of Biography
- A Valley Lost - Building Warragamba
- WARRAGAMBA PUBLIC SCHOOL FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY