Monday, 13 November 2017

Warialda, NSW

Warialda, NSW - the name means 'Place of Wild Honey'. A small town on the Gwydi Highway of about 1.200 people.
Allan Cunningham was the first official European visitor in 1827 with the town being established in 1837 with a police outstation erected around 1840.

Warialda is the birthplace of Elizabeth Kenny, world-renowned pioneer in the treatment of poliomyelitis.  The baptismal fond used for Sister Kenny's baptism is still in use and housed in the Church of England.

Warialda is also the birthplace of Olive Rose Fitzhardinge (1881-1956) who became famous in the 1930's as a rose breeder in Warrawee the name of her best known rose.  Olive was brought up in Moree.  A photo of the rose and more about Olive [ here ]

Warialda is the service centre for the local agricultural sector.  Farms around the area produce wheat, sorghum, barley, sheep, beef cattle.  Some of the locals also earn a dollar or two hunting wild pigs, which are exported, mainly to Germany, where there are demands for wild boar which are not present in the Australian market.
Wikipedia
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Never been to this town before so it was exciting to see something new.
The Caravan Park was only a small fee and one paid opposite at the Information Centre (photo below).  The photo was taken from the caravan park which had no resident manager, but all was well.
If the information centre was closed then a man came around each evening to collect the money.

The weather was still cool, so still winter clothing and we were not that far from the Queensland border.






Impressive buildings for such a small town
The bottom one is the Court House.


The Post Office below.




A Hotel, Imperial and there were a couple of Hotels.
Below photo some bush near Warialda, NSW




30 comments:

  1. A quintessential country town. I lived in them for years, and miss them.

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  2. What wonderful buildings in a small town I have never heard of. Gosh your van looks so smart.

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    1. A lot of small towns don't have such buildings but they often have something else.
      Thanks re van :)

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  3. Warialda 'Place of Honey' is such a lovely name for a small town, and what a SWEET place it is too.

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    1. I believe it's name is Aboriginal and means 'Place of Honey'.

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  4. An interesting little town with some famous past residents.

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  5. Hello Margaret,
    Nice pictures.
    Funny shot of that post office.

    Best regards,
    Marco

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    1. The Post Office is rather different to most Marco - so it's a bit strange that post office.

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  6. Another interesting town with another awesome looking post office

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    1. Oh yes, was surprised when we drove past that post office but it is very different and well kept.

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  7. A pesar del tiempo frío, hay una buena iluminación en las imágenes.

    Buenos edificios, en esta pequeña población.

    Besos

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  8. So much history for the small town. And as you said, such wonderful buildings.

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    1. Was pleasantly surprised when I found out about that small town.

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  9. Another very pretty palce. I hadn't know Elizabeth Kenny was born there. Did you know her famous polio treatment was successfuly used for Alan Alda of M.A.S.H. fame when he was a youngster with polio?

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  10. You certainly enjoyed some wonderful weather & clear blue skies!

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    1. Beautiful weather Christine whilst we were away in our winter.

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  11. It is these small towns that in some ways define the nature of a country.

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    1. They do for farming of many things in the areas as we travel is prevalent.

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