Wombat, New South Wales

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Wombat
New South Wales
Wombat Hotel 2011.JPG
Wombat Hotel, trading continuously since 1877
Wombat is located in New South Wales
Wombat
Wombat
Coordinates 34°25′30″S 148°14′31″E / 34.42500°S 148.24194°E / -34.42500; 148.24194Coordinates: 34°25′30″S 148°14′31″E / 34.42500°S 148.24194°E / -34.42500; 148.24194
Population 225 (2016 census)[1]
Established 1865
Postcode(s) 2587
Location
LGA(s) Hilltops Council
State electorate(s) Cootamundra
Federal Division(s) Hume

Wombat is a town in South West Slopes region of New South Wales, Australia. It is situated on the Olympic Highway, 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south-west of the regional centre of Young. It is in the local government area of Hilltops Council. At the 2016 census, Wombat had a population of 225.[1]

History[edit]

The area was occupied by the indigenous Wiradjuri people for thousands of years.

  • 1860 - Gold discovered at nearby Young. 20,000 miners converge on surrounding areas. Wombat Post Office opened on 16 July 1862.[2]
  • 1865 - The village of Wombat was established. Many Chinese miners moved to the area taking plots of land.
  • 1867 - Wombat Public School was founded in a bark hut
  • 1873 - foundation stone of St Matthews Church of England laid
  • 1875 - Roman Catholic Church built
  • 1877 - Wombat Hotel began trading
  • 1880 - Carlo Lazzarini, (1880-1952), NSW politician and trade unionist was born in Wombat.
  • 1895 - Mechanics Institute opened
  • 1903 - Wombat Hotel's current building constructed
  • 1909 - Roman Catholic convent opened
  • 1923 - Wombat Soldiers' Memorial hall officially opened
  • 1924 - the old hall was destroyed by fire
  • 1950s & 1960s - The Olympic Way highway was built through

Attractions[edit]

  • "The Wombat Hotel", which has had a continuous liquor licence since 1877, making it the longest in New South Wales.
  • "Allambie Orchard", A cherry orchard that allows people to pick their own fruit in season
  • "Wombat Heights", a farm on a hill which produces jam, fruit wine and liqueurs from traditional recipes. Visitors are invited to do-it-themselves.
  • "Wilkies Cottage Restaurant/Café".
  • "The Old Convent Geranium Nursery", Hope St, offers many colours & varieties of miniatures of variegated, climbing and scented Pelargonium geraniums.

The highway into Wombat is graced with a statue of a wombat, made of local material, which was unveiled in 2002.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Wombat (state suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 31 March 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 26 May 2011.

External links[edit]

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