Jerilderie, New South Wales

Jerilderie, New South Wales

Infobox Australian Place | type = town
name = Jerilderie
state = nsw

caption =
lga = Jerilderie Shire Council
postcode = 2716
pop = 1,790 (2001 Census)
est = 1859
maxtemp =
mintemp =
rainfall =
county = Urana
stategov = Murray-Darling
fedgov = Farrer
dist1 = 618
location1= Sydney
dist2 = 315
location2= Melbourne
dist3 = 167
location3= Wagga Wagga
dist4 = 137
location4= Shepparton (Vic.)

Jerilderie, New South Wales, Australia, is a town of 1790 people [Census 2001 AUS|id=UCL141400|name=Jerilderie (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)|accessdate=2007-06-30|quick=on] and a Local Government Area located in the southern Riverina region. It is the only town in the Jerilderie Shire Council Local Government Area.

It can be found along the Newell Highway 674 kilometres southwest of Sydney and 45 kilometres north of the Victorian state border. Jerilderie's post code is 2716.


Jerilderie is an irrigated farming centre, the area around Jerilderie produces a quarter of all tomatoes grown in Australia, as well as being a prime Merino stud region. Additionally Jerilderie has a diverse number of crops such as rice, wheat, canola, mung and soya beans, onions, liquorice, grapes and a number of cattle farms.

The town has two primary schools, "Jerilderie Public School" and "Jerilderie Catholic School", an 18 hole golf course, three pubs, and a hospital which was the first in regional Australia to operate with solar power.This hospital has now been rebuilt as a multi purpose medical centre that incorporates an emergency room, aged care beds and a paliative care bed.

The town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Picola & District Football League.

Steel Wings Windmill

The Jerilderie Shire Council (and the Shire of Taroom in the central Queensland highlands) have rare windmills of unusual design. Both are situated on National Route 39, which provides a straight run from Victoria to the Queensland tropical coast.The windmill was produced by the Steel Wings Company, in North Sydney between 1907 and 1911 with only six models ever erected. The windmills comprise a steel frame and fan which turns to the wind between a bearing at the bottom and a swivel at the top, all supported by guy-wires. The fully restored windmills, the only two known working examples in the world, are unique because their fan is contained and spins within the fully pivoting frame.

The Jerilderie Steel Wings windmill, built in 1910, was transported by rail from Sydney and then taken by bullock wagon to Goolgumbula Station for Sir Samuel McCaughey. It provided water to the stations homestead, ram sheds and dams along a 43 kilometre channel system. The mill suffered storm damage in 1977, was offered to the town as a historical exhibit and placed in Luke Park in 1979 at the official opening of the Jerilderie Lake. The lake was built to hold excess water from the Billabong Creek which flooded annually.

In 1989, members of Lions, Apex and Jerilderie Shire Council repaired and refurbished the windmill with two people spending some 600 hours to bring it to its present working condition, pumping nine litres per revolution from the Billabong Creek to the Jerilderie Lake using a 15cm draw plunger with a 48cm stroke.

The Jerilderie windmill, the larger of the two stands 17m high with a 9m fan.

Famous people

Ned Kelly

Jerilderie was visited by Ned Kelly and his gang in 1879. The outlaws captured the town's two policemen and imprisoned them in their own cell before dressing in the police uniforms. They then told the locals that they were reinforcements from Sydney sent to protect them from the notorious Kelly Gang.

Later the gang held up the local Bank. More than two thousand pounds were stolen before Kelly and his gang walked to the Telegraph Office and chopped down the telegraph poles. He and his gang held 30 people hostage overnight in the Royal Mail Hotel where Ned Kelly wrote the famous which documents Kelly's passionate pleas of innocence and desires for justice for both his family and the poor Irish settlers of Victoria's north-east. It has also been described as the Ned Kelly 'manifesto' and remains the only source providing a direct link between the Kelly Gang and the actions they are accused of.

Ironically the current Jerilderie Police Station features no less than 19 structural components mimicking Ned Kelly's distinctive face plate. Some examples include walls made of differently toned bricks making up his image to storm drains with holes cut in the same pattern.

Sir John Monash

Jerilderie is the childhood home of Sir John Monash honoured military commander whose image adorns the Australian one hundred dollar note. He attended and achieved dux at Jerilderie Public School and his name can be seen on the wall in the head office of Jerilderie Public on the official record. It has been claimed that as a boy, Sir John Monash met Ned Kelly and held his horse for him as he arrived into town, a claim never denied nor confirmed by Sir John, but doubted by future biographers of his career.

"King" Michael

Medieval scholar, Dr Michael Jones claims Queen Elizabeth's claim to the throne is illegitimate because King Edward IV, who reigned from 1461 to 1483, was not of royal blood; he was the illegitimate son of a French archer. Dr Jones concludes that tracing the correct path, British-born Michael Abney-Hastings, 14th Earl of Loudoun who migrated to Jerilderie in the 1960s is the true King of England and the Commonwealth.Fact|date=March 2007

Billy Brownless

Jerilderie is also the childhood home of former Australian Football League Geelong player Billy Brownless. He is a panelist on "The Sunday Footy Show", and regularly appears on "The Footy Show", as well as hosting "Morning Glory" on radio station SEN 1116.


Prior to European settlement, the Jerilderie region was inhabited by the Jeithi Aborigines, and the name 'Jerilderie' is thought to derive from their word for 'reedy place'.

The Jerilderie district originated with the gazettal of the final licences to landholders in the 1870s. Before this time annual licences were issued. The pioneers of that time established cattle stations and it was not until the 1860s that sheep were found better suited to the area.

The birth of the town of Jerilderie itself is traced to the establishment of a house and store by John Carractacus Powell in 1854. He was apparently encouraged and assisted by the Kennedy Family to establish his home and business in what is known today as "Powell Street", Jerilderie. The Kennedy family were the pioneers who first took up the property known as Mary's Creek Run, the station which surrounded the site of the town of Jerilderie. After John Powell first built, in 1859 William Davidson arrived in Jerilderie and he chose the site of the official village to settle on, being the "Cape" region. He had evidently noted the survey of 1852. William Davidson then constructed a brick kiln, the bricks from which he erected a house, hotel and blacksmith shop.

Thus Jerilderie had two establishments, about three kilometres apart, and the business rivalry was keen in each endeavour to capture trade from the travelling public.

Whilst the rivalry continued between Powell and Davidson, a Mr Cadell settled at a site opposite the existing Police Station and erected a store to compete with Powell and Davidson.

The Post Office opened on 1 October 1862 but was spelt "Jereelderie" until 1890. Citation
last = Premier Postal History | title = Post Office List | url = | accessdate = 2008-04-11

No other development occurred for some years, but following an application from Mr Powell in 1863 a surveyor was instructed to survey and report on the Jerilderie Village site. As a consequence of this report the Village of Jerilderie and suburban boundaries were Gazetted on the 14th March, 1865. The village contained an area of 195 acres (789,000 m²), bounded generally by West, Coonong, East and Jerilderie Streets.

With the continual growth of the town and the development of the sheep and wool industry over the years, there became the need for control and development of local facilities and services such as roads, bridges, water supply, etc. Hence in 1889 the area was introduced to official Local Government with the proclamation of the Jerilderie Municipal Council. The Municipality was originally formed in 1885 from previously formed Progress Association but did not gain official recognition and charter until 1889.

Whilst the town had its Local Government authority, the landholders outside the Municipality found the need to work for the establishment of a Shire Council, and as a result of this need the Wunnamurra Shire Council was realised in 1906.

Both the Jerilderie Municipality and the Wunnamurra Shire continued on their works for the following years up to 1918 when the Shire of Jerilderie was formed from the union of the two Councils.


ee also

*Jerilderie Football Club

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