Warragamba, New South Wales

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Warragamba
New South Wales
Warragamba is located in New South Wales
Warragamba
Warragamba
Coordinates 33°53′30″S 150°36′12″E / 33.89167°S 150.60333°E / -33.89167; 150.60333Coordinates: 33°53′30″S 150°36′12″E / 33.89167°S 150.60333°E / -33.89167; 150.60333
Population 1,241 (2016 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2752
LGA(s) Wollondilly Shire
State electorate(s) Wollondilly
Federal Division(s) Hume
Localities around Warragamba:
Megalong Valley Megalong Valley Wallacia
Megalong Valley Warragamba Wallacia
Silverdale Silverdale Silverdale

Warragamba is a town in New South Wales, Australia, in Wollondilly Shire. Located on the eastern edge of the Blue Mountains, Warragamba is one and a half hour's drive west of Sydney. The name Warragamba comes from the aboriginal words Warra and Gamba meaning water running over rocks.[2]

History

In 1804, George William Evans discovered the Warragamba River, penetrating upstream to the present site of Warragamba Dam.[3]

Originally constructed as a workers' settlement during the construction of Warragamba Dam, Sydney's primary water source, in the 1940s the modern town of Warragamba remains on the same site adjacent the dam. The town was built from scratch, including homes, shops, schools and other facilities.

On completion of the dam being built many workers bought their homes from the Water Board and stayed on in the township.[4] Warragamba Public School celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in September 1998 despite the fact it was to be demolished after the completion of Warragamba Dam in the 1960s.[5]

Warragamba is unusual for an Australian town, as the streets do not have typical names, but are numbered (such as First Street and Eighteenth Street).

Ongoing dam works (including recent safety improvements) have severely reduced weekend visitors. The town also lost 30 homes and businesses in the Warragamba Bushfire of 2001. It was home to African Lion Safari until 1991.

A new Warragamba Dam Visitor Centre and Haviland Park are becoming a popular tourist attractions thanks in part to the excellent picnic facilities.

Population

At the 2016 census, Warragamba had a population of 1,241. 85.4% of people were born in Australia and 92.4% of people only spoke English at home. The most common responses for religion were Catholic 31.8%, Anglican 26.4% and No Religion 25.6%.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Warragamba". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 13 July 2017. 
  2. ^ Warragamba Parish History
  3. ^ Evans, George William (1780–1852) Biographical Entry – Australian Dictionary of Biography
  4. ^ A Valley Lost – Building Warragamba
  5. ^ WARRAGAMBA PUBLIC SCHOOL FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY

External links

  • Warragamba Website – Local and Tourist Information
  • Warragamba weather info – Local weather station
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