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NEVILLE

Neville

FAST FACTS

Population: 223

Established: 1858

Famous for: Historic buildings and home to John Vane 
and Michael Burke, members of Ben Hall’s bushranger gang

Historical Milestones: Established in 1858 with a 
small public school, Neville soon became a thriving 
township. In 1866 the Presbyterian Church was built, 
with the Methodist (now the Uniting Church) and Anglican Churches following in 1878. A post office in 1870 which was 
later transferred into the Village Store with a telephone exchange in 1897. During the town’s growth, a butter company, dressmakers and milliners, a dentist, wheelwright, blacksmiths, motor mechanics, butcher shops, saddler, 
stock and station agency, slaughterhouse, fruit shop, 
banker, brick maker, bakehouse and a beer house – 
Colburt’s beer - all existed.  

What you can expect now: Tucked away in a quiet 
corner 3.5 hours from Sydney, the village of Neville offers 
a unique holiday destination with many activities. Visit the Golden Era Piano Museum, Australia’s only piano museum 
open Saturdays.  Neville offers some unique accommodation options so check the website for details. The Presbyterian 
and Uniting Churches have a service every third Sunday 
of the month. 

 

Key events to plan for:

  • ANZAC Commemoration – Sunday before ANZAC Day - April
  • Christmas in July - July
  • Bush Poets’ Night - September
  • Neville Show - November
  • Family Christmas in the Park – December

Must see and do:

  • 
ANZAC Commemoration starts at 11.45 am and gathers 
at the little Memorial in the park
  • 
Include a day trip to the fascinating Abercrombie Caves
  • 
Pennsylvania State Pine Forest is popular for bush 
walking, 4WD and camping
  • Take the boat or a picnic to Carcoar Dam
  • 
Enjoy a drive around the local villages and stop for 
a drink, a meal or stay the night.

 

NEWBRIDGE

Newbridge

FAST FACTS

Population:  100

Established:  1876

Famous for: Historic railway line and station where 
Queen Elizabeth II stayed overnight in her carriage in 1954

Historical Milestones: Famous for its steam trains, Newbridge village developed around the railway line and station in 1876. The station was called Back Creek, Rodwell or Rocky Creek and eventually became Duramana with the first post office. The establishment of the railway and influx of railway workers in the early 1870s, saw the township grow and later named Newbridge to avoid confusion with another town of Duramana nearby. During the 1880s, gold and iron were mined. The current village still holds buildings from the past and the community thrives on many activities at the historic Gladstone Hotel (early 1870s), the public school (1877), original bakehouse (1884), police station (1890s), the convent (1890), the new post office (1904) and the Catholic Church which is privately owned. 

What you can expect now: The community comes together with many activities and events during the year. 
The Australian Railway Historical Society supports steam 
train visits to the Central West passing through Newbridge, Blayney and Millthorpe. Newbridge forms part of the art 
trail established from Bathurst to Newbridge and attracts 
many artists to the local area. The local camping facilities include free electric Barbeque and electricity for 
caravans/campers.

Key events to plan for:

  • Swap Meet with stalls - February
  • Winter Solstice - June
  • Newbridge Family Day Picnic - last week 
in November

 

Must see and do:

  • 
Follow the Art Trail for unique works by local 
artists and craftsmen
  • Look out for the historic steam trains
  • Visit the local galleries featuring iron and art work
  • 
Witness medieval jousting, wickerman bonfire, 
stalls and roast pig at the Winter Solstice.

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