Wedderburn, New South Wales

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SydneyNew South Wales
Coordinates 34°07′34″S 150°49′04″E / 34.12612°S 150.81789°E / -34.12612; 150.81789Coordinates: 34°07′34″S 150°49′04″E / 34.12612°S 150.81789°E / -34.12612; 150.81789
Population 584 (2011 census)[1]
Established 1896
Postcode(s) 2560
Location 57 km (35 mi) south-west of Sydney
LGA(s) City of Campbelltown
State electorate(s) Campbelltown
Federal Division(s) Macarthur
Suburbs around Wedderburn:
St Helens Park Holsworthy Holsworthy
Gilead Wedderburn Woronora Dam
Appin Appin Woronora Dam

Wedderburn is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Wedderburn is located 57 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Campbelltown and is part of the Macarthur region.

Wedderburn is the only Campbelltown suburb on the right bank of the Georges River. The steep gorge and heavy bush, gives it a small country town atmosphere, rather than a suburb. The causeway on Wedderburn Road, which provides the main link to Campbelltown, is known to flood during heavy rain, increasing Wedderburn's isolation.[2]

A small airport, Wedderburn Airport operated by the New South Wales Sports Aircraft Club is located to the south of the suburb.


Wedderburn was originally home to the Tharawal people and settlers from European backgrounds didn't come to the area until the 1880s. In clearing the land, they established orchards which are still used today. The first Wedderburn Bridge was built in 1892 and a school and post office were established in 1896. Electricity didn't reach Wedderburn until 1952. Increasing environmental awareness has seen Campbelltown Council keen to protect the gorges around Wedderburn and O'Hare's Creek Gorge to the east is set to become a national park.[2][3]

Notable residents[edit]

  • Gracius Joseph Broinowski (1837-1913), a Polish-born artist and ornithologist who published a six-volume book on the birds of Australia.
  • Kevin O'Keefe OAM and Julie O'Keefe, entrepreneurs and philanthropists.
  • Dr Ross Field
  • Kath Robinson, senior lecturer at The University of Sydney
  • David Fairbairn (artist) (1949 - ), artist and winner of the Dobell Drawing prize 1999 and the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize in 2002.[4]

Artists from the Widden Weddin group:


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Wedderburn (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "History of Wedderburn". Campbelltown City Council. Retrieved 13 April 2008. 
  3. ^ Liston, C: Campbelltown: The Bicentennial History, Allen & Unwin, 1988: p.1-2.
  4. ^ [1], additional text.