Weddin Shire

Weddin Shire Council (map) is a local government area of which Grenfell is a significant town.  Grenfell is 370kms west of Sydney and five hours drive from the city (population circa 2,500).  It is a historic goldmining town first known as Emu Creek and renamed in honour of John Grenfell, Gold Commissioner at Forbes, who had been killed in 1866 when bushrangers attacked a stagecoach on which he was travelling.  By 1870-71 it was producing more gold than any other town in NSW. However by the mid-1870s gold was in decline. Wheat was first grown in the district in 1871. The railway reached Grenfell in 1901.  The poet and story writer Henry Lawson was born on the nearby gold fields.

Weddin Shire incorporates the communities of Arramagong, Arramagong West, Berendebba, Bimbi, Bogalong, Bribbaree, Brundah, Bumbaldry, Bungalong, Caragabal, Eualdrie, Eurabba, Glenelg, Greenthorpe, Grenfell, Iandra, Marsden, Mogongong, Ooma, Piney Range, Pullabooka, Quandialla, Quandong, Warraderry, Weddin, Wirega and Wirrinya.

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