Wee Jasper, New South Wales
New South Wales
Bridge across the Goodradigbee River at Wee Jasper
|Population||275 (2011 census)|
|Elevation||617 m (2,024 ft)|
|LGA(s)||Yass Valley Council|
Wee Jasper is a village in the Goodradigbee valley at the western foot of the Brindabella Ranges, near Burrinjuck Dam in New South Wales, Australia in Yass Valley Shire. It is located 80 km north-west of Canberra and 54 km south-west of Yass. At the 2011 census, Wee Jasper and the surrounding area had a population of 275.
History and description
Wee Jasper Post Office was first opened in January 1886 and closed in March 1892. Three years later, it was reopened again and remained in service until 1994.
Near the village are several camping and recreation reserves close to numerous caves. The best known cave is Carey's Cave, a system of seven caverns lying just north of the town. Others lie to the north and south, including Dip, Dogleg, Punch-bowl and Signature Caves.
Fossils, including members of the Acanthothoracid placoderm fish family Weejasperaspididae, the primitive placoderm Brindabellaspis stensioi and the prehistoric lungfish, Dipnorhynchus cathlesae, have been found in the area.
The main bridge spanning the Goodradigbee River going into Wee Jasper
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Wee Jasper (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
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- Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 2009-10-27.
- Campbell, K.S.W.; R.E. Barwick (1999). "A New Species of the Devonian Lungfish Dipnorhynchus from Wee Jasper, New South Wales" (pdf). Records of the Australian Museum 51(2): 123–140. Australian Museum. Retrieved 2007-01-30.
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