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Find Condobolin

Condobolin, on the banks of the Lachlan River 475 kilometres west of Sydney, is located in the centre of a cattle, sheep and wheat producing district.

The name Condobolin has evolved from the Aboriginal word Cundabullen – shallow crossing. The crossing was located a short distance below the junction of the Lachlan River and the Goobang Creek. It was used extensively, early in the 19th century, by drovers and teamsters moving stock and produce from the stations from the north and west to the growing markets of Melbourne. Thus from this river ford and popular camp site there grew the town of Condobolin.

Explorers John Oxley (1817) and Thomas Mitchell (1836) were the first recorded European presence in the region.

Squatters soon arrived and by 1844 the 'Condoublin' run had been established.

In 1859 the town was gazetted on land that had previously been reserved on the station.

Closer settlement of the area began in 1880 when the large runs began to be broken up into smaller holdings.

In 1896 gold was discovered north-west of town.

Condobolin gained a rail connection in 1898.

Condobolin & District Historical Society
Information: The Society aims to work towards the restoration and preservation of Condobolin's history and historical sites. It is instrumental in raising community awareness of local history and in assisting the Lachlan Shire Council to identify and to promote sites of local prominence. The Society assisted the Council with a heritage study of Condobolin and the district. The Society also assists with community events and family history. Founded 1967.
Events: The Society's members hold quarterly meetings in February, May, August and November and also hold four major outings each year to visit sites and properties of historical interest.
President Phone: 02 68954747
Secretary Phone: 02 6895 4018
Contact: Genette Madden (President); Fay Boys (Secretary)

C/- 34 Busby Street
Condobolin NSW 2877

Condobolin & District Historical Society Museum
Information: The collection is comprised of a wide variety of artefacts and information including historical records, a photographic collection, a bedroom outfitted in period costume of the hotel's early days, Chinese artefacts, bottles, household effects, dingo traps, scales, a butter churn. The collection is located at the Community Centre.

35 Bathurst Street
Condobolin NSW 2877

Postal Address:

C/- 34 Busby Street
Condobolin NSW 2877

Condobolin Visitor Information Centre - The Heart of NSW
Information: Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.
Phone: 02 6895 3301

18 William Street
Condobolin NSW

Postal Address:

PO Box 62
Condobolin NSW 2877

Email: tag@westserv.net.au
Website: http://www.heartofnsw.com.au/



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