Toogong, New South Wales

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Toogong
New South Wales
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The former hotel and post office at Toogong
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Toogong
Coordinates 33°33′0″S148°59′0″E / 33.55000°S 148.98333°E / -33.55000; 148.98333 Coordinates: 33°33′0″S148°59′0″E / 33.55000°S 148.98333°E / -33.55000; 148.98333
Population370 (2006 census) [1]
Postcode(s) 2864
Location
LGA(s) Cabonne Shire Council
State electorate(s) Orange
Federal Division(s) Calare

Toogong is a town in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia. The town is located in the Cabonne Shire local government area, 300 kilometres (186 mi) west of the state capital, Sydney. At the 2006 census, Toogong had a population of 370. [1]

Toogong is an aboriginal word meaning 'Dried up Lake.'

Toogong was the birthplace of Hazelton Airlines, formed by Jim and Max Hazelton in 1953, now Regional Express. [2]

Built in 1872, St. Albans Anglican church in Toogong is the oldest still existing church in the Canowindra district and National Trust listed. The church was built with the financial support of the Irvine family who had emigrated to Australia from Northern Ireland and had built an inn and post office at Toogong in 1863. Apart from being a house of worship it was also used for schooling. The two remaining Irvine brothers of the original five also erected a war memorial in the church grounds in 1924 to honour the men from the district who saw active war service. [3]

A school was operated at Toogong from 1922 to 1967 in a dedicated school house, now disused but still preserved. [4]

Toogong was once a stop at the Cobb and Co stagecoach line from Orange to Forbes. [3]

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References

  1. 1 2 Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Toogong (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  2. Our Company - History - Hazelton REX website, accessed: 18 July 2012
  3. 1 2 Canowindra and district churches, authors: Berna Wright, Gwen Wythes, Dorothy Balcomb, published: 1988, ISBN   0959897534
  4. Memorial plaque at the Toogong school house, erected by the Canowindra & District Historical Society in 1980

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