West region is commonly known as the Outback of New South
Wales. It comprises three major council boundaries - Broken
Hill City Council, Central Darling
Shire Council and the Unincorporated
Required for the position of Far
West County Coordinator. A County Coordinator maintains the county website
and moderates the existing message board. This is not a difficult position
and anyone with basic web editing experience and a genuine interest in the region is welcome to apply. In addition to web and query
maintenance, a County Coordinator also oversees the local GenWebs within its
region. This duty is non-technical as a County Coordinator operates in an
advisory capacity only.
Existing Local GenWeb Coordinators and non-locals are welcome to apply for the position.
Rootsweb's AUS-NSW-WEST mailing list -
for anyone with a genealogical interest in the Western
region of NSW from the South Australian border to
Brewarrina down to Balranald; includes the towns of Broken
Hill, Wentworth, Balranald, Hay, Nyngan, Cobar, Bourke and
(map) is an isolated mining city
with a current population of approximately 21,000.
Located near the border with South Australia on the crossing of the Barrier and Silver City
Highways in the Barrier Range, the town sits 220 metres above sea level.
It has an average rainfall of 235 mm and summer temperatures that hit
in excess of 40° C. The closest major city is Adelaide, which is more than 500 km to the
southwest in the neighbouring state of South Australia. Unlike the rest of New South Wales, Broken Hill (and the surrounding region) observes Australian Central Standard Time, UTC+9:30, a time zone it shares with South Australia and the Northern Territory.
The town is more than 1100 km west of Sydney and surrounded by semi-desert.
It is named after the hill on which silver ore was first discovered in 1883 by boundary rider Charles
Rasp. The term 'broken hill' was derived from a series
of hills that appeared to have a break in between . The
hills no longer exist having succumbed to mining but the body
or ore for which Broken Hill is famous continues to generate
economic growth. Formed about 1800 million years ago, it
is the world's largest silver-lead-zinc mineral deposit.
Broken hill suburbs include Alma, Broken Hill, Broken Hill
Central, Broken Hill North, Broken Hill Railway Town, Broken
Hill South, Broken Hill West and Yanco Glen.
was constituted in 1959; it encompasses an area of over 53,000
square kilometres. The principle economic activities within the Shire include pastoral, horticultural, agricultural, mining and tourism.
At least 97% of the shire is devoted to rural grazing.
Opal mining is the predominant mining industry having been
discovered in White Cliffs in 1884. The first commercial opal field commenced operation in
1890. It reached its peak in 1899 although mining
The towns and suburbs that
comprise the Central Darling Shire include Albermarie,
Allambie, Annalara, Appin, Beilpajah, Black Gate, Bono, Bonton,
Boola Booka, Boonoona Tank, Cawnalmurtee, Clifden, Conoble,
Cop Hollow, Culpaulin, Curran Vale, Darnick, Dromore, Eurella,
Fairmont, Gemville, Gilgunnia, Gum Lake, Harcourt, Ivanhoe,
Ivanho Crystal Mine, Kaleentha, Loop, Karoola, Komungla South,
Lake Menindee, Lake Pamamaroo, Manara, Marfield, Marra, Mena
Murtee, Menindee, Moira, Mossgiel, Mount Manara, Nella Gaari,
Ornaor, Polvara, Slamannon, Sunset Strip, Teryawnia, Tilpa,
Tolarno, Tongo, Torannie, Trida, Wave Hill, Werunda, White
Cliffs, Wilcannia and Wongalara.
Unincorporated Far West borders Queensland and South Australia.
It is located in the north-west corner of the State;
surrounding but excluding the City of Broken Hill. It is
the most sparsely populated region of New South Wales with only
0.37% of the population (24,490 people at 2001 Census) residing
in an area that covers 147,142 square kilometres. Of
those, 86.4% live in the mining city of Broken Hill.
Commonly known as the outback, the Far West is rich in mineral
deposits and agricultural initiatives. Traditional
industries such as mining and wool production are making way
for new trade which includes goat, sheep meat and
horticulture. It is the only part of NSW not
administered by a local council.
The towns and
communities of the Unincorporated Far West include Albion,
Allandy, Ascot Vale, Avonel, Barrajong, Berawinnia, Bindara,
Border Downs, Box Tank, Broughmas Gate, Broughton Vale,
Buckalow, Budgeree, Budgerygar, Burns, Burta, Calindary,
Cameron Corner, Churinga, Cobham, Cockburn, Connulpie, Coombah,
Cuthero, Egebet Mine, Elisnora, Euriowie, Floods Creek, Fort
Grey, Fowlers Gap, Gumvale, Hamilton Gate, Hawker Gate, Horse
Lake, Joulnie, Kantappa, Katalpa, Kinalung, Koralta,
Langawirra, Little Topar, McDougalls Well, Milparinka,
Mootwingee, Mootwingee national Park, Mount Gipps, Mount
Westwood, Mulberry Vale, Mundi Mundi, Nantilla, Nanya, Nardoo,
Netley, Olive Downs, Onepah, Ourimbah, Packsaddle, Paringa,
Paroo River, Pine Point, Pine View, Pinnacles, Poolamacca,
Quondong Hotel, Reola, Round Hill, Sanpah, Silverton,
Smithville, Stepehens creek, Stephens Creek Pumping Station,
Tandou, Tara Tank, Thackaringa, The Gorge, Thoulcannia, Three Mile
Creek, Thurloo Downs, Tibooburra, Topar, Topar Hotel, Tor
Downs, Triple Chance Mine, Umberumberka, Umberumberka Pumping
Station, Urisino, Wahratta, Wanaaring, Waterbag, Waverley
Downs, Waverley Gate, Willotia, Wirryilka, Wompah, Wonnaminta