Monday, 21 October 2013

Gilgandera, NSW

Gilgandera is situated in the central west of NSW, Australia. The town has a population of about 2,700 people with more living in the district.

Gilgandra is known as the town of Windmills and Home of the Coo-ees. Until 1966 the town did not have a central water supply and most people in the town had a windmill. At one point the skyline of the township was dominated with approximately 360 Windmills.

The home of the Coo-ee refers to the march of 35 men from Gilgandra to Sydney in 1915 to volunteer for the war. By the time they reached Sydney their numbers had swelled to 263 making the 1915 Coo-ee March from Gilgandra to Sydney the first and most successful recruitment march of World War 1

A farming district, canola, wheat, and so on and of course sheep among other animals.

We always call into the Visitors Center to stop for a break from driving, walk around the grounds and have a chat to the staff at the center.

My other post on Gilgandera [ here ]


This plant is known by a common name of Black Boy.  These days it's not referred to it by that name, but I don't know the correct name.


The back of the Visitors Center which has barbecues, and a large area of grass with a river with not much water in it.

6 comments:

  1. This looks like a very nice place to make a rest stop!

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  2. I had heard of the Coo-ee March from Gilgandra to Sydney but didn't know how many man joined the march.

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    1. I always thought the Coo-eye had nothing to do with war....in my other post on Gilgandra there is mural of the march..

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  3. I had never heard of the Coo- ee march before. Always learning something new in blogland. Black boys are called grass trees or by its real name, Xanthorrhoea.

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    1. Yes we all are always learning.
      Thanks for the name of that plant :)

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