Wellingrove, New South Wales
New South Wales
The RFS, church and cemetery at Wellingrove
|Population||113 (2006 census)|
|Elevation||903 m (2,963 ft)|
|LGA(s)||Glen Innes Severn Council|
|State electorate(s)||Northern Tablelands|
|Federal Division(s)||New England|
Wellingrove is a village located on the Wellingrove Road about 20 kilometres north west of Glen Innes, New South Wales on the Northern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia. At the 2006 census, Wellingrove had a population of 113.
Wellingrove was established in the 1840s when the run of 50,000 acres (200 km2) was taken up by George Polhill. This run became a site for Polhill, who was a resident magistrate, to conduct a court of petty sessions for the area between Ben Lomond to Bolivia. In 1849 the Woolpack Inn was built and in 1849 Galloway, the surveyor, was instructed to survey townships at Wellingrove and Glen Innes. Despite objections from Galloway that the area was too far from main roads the town was gazetted in 1852. Thus for several decades Wellingrove was one of the principal settlements of the northern New England district.
The closure and movement of the court of petty sessions to Glen Innes in 1858 led to the decline of Wellingrove. The last business to close was the Wellingrove Hotel, which shut down in 1917. However, with the continued growth of the nearby towns of Glen Innes and Inverell, the village of Wellingrove declined and is now a place of minimal significance.
Today Wellingrove has a church, Rural Fire Service (RFS) and a community hall in a Crown Land fossicking area where sapphires and zircons may be found. The main industry is agriculture, principally sheep and beef cattle breeding.
Kings Plains National Park is located about 20 kilometres north west of Wellingrove.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Wellingrove (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 14 February 2010.
- Donald, J.Kay, Exploring the North Coast and New England, Kangaroo Press, Kenthurst, 1987.On 22 December 1846, the Government Gazette announced that a court of petty sessions was established at Wellingrove. The first Clerk of Petty Sessions was Thomas Mountsteven Wright.
- Newbury, Genevieve (n.d.). Echos on the Wind. Glen Innes, NSW: Examiner Printing Service. p. 27.
Readers Digest Guide to Australian Places, Readers Digest, Sydney