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Central Binalong looking towards the post office and the Hotel Binalong

Binalong is located in New South Wales
Population: 269 (2006 census) [1]
Postcode: 2584
Coordinates: 34°40′S 148°39′E / -34.667, 148.65Coordinates: 34°40′S 148°39′E / -34.667, 148.65
Location: 37 km (23 mi) NW of Yass
LGA: Yass Valley Shire
Federal Division: Hume

The general store at Binalong

New Binalong station on 1916 rail alignment, now closed

Binalong is a village in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia, 37 km north-west of Yass in Yass Valley Shire. In 2006, the town had a population of about 269 people.[1]


The indigenous people of the district were part of the Ngunnawal people. The first Europeans recorded as visiting the area were the exploratory party of Hamilton Hume in 1821.

The name of the town is believed to derive either from an Aboriginal word meaning 'under the hills, surrounded by hills, or towards a high place'[2] or from 'Bennelong', the name of a noted Aborigine.

Binalong lay beyond the border of the Nineteen Counties which was the formal legal extent of European settlement in New South Wales. However, squatters settled in the district prior to the formal establishment of squatting districts in 1839.

From 1847 there was a permanent police presence in Binalong and a court of petty sessions. The same year a local entrepreneur applied successfully to the Commissioner of Police for a grant to build an inn to provide accommodation and victuals for the visiting magistrate and police witnesses, and the Swan Inn was established close to the courthouse.

Six years later, Cobb and Co was established in Melbourne as a coaching company, and upon eventually expanding their operations into New South Wales, entered into an agreement with the Swan to provide staging services for coaches, drivers and passengers travelling along the adjacent road to the goldfields at Lambing Flat or Young.

The town was gazetted in 1850 and flourished as a coaching stop. The public school was established in 1861.

Over the years the Swan became known as "The Cobb and Co". Following the building of the railway and the establishment of other hostelries closer to the railway station, the Swan fell into private hands and it was not until the mid-1980s that it was restored as a fine-dining restaurant of great character, continuing to this day under the name The Black Swan. It has been complemented with a fine modern motel (under different management, former owners of the Black Swan) on the adjoining block of land .

The railway arrived in 1876.

The family of the poet Banjo Paterson moved to the Binalong district in 1869 when he was five years old. He attended the primary school in Binalong but later went to boarding school in Sydney returning home in the holidays. The district features in a number of his poems, for example, Pardon, the son of Reprieve. Paterson's father is buried in the local cemetery.

The presence of gold meant also that there were bushrangers in the area. The grave of John Gilbert is near the town in the former police paddock. He was a member of the Gardiner-Hall gang and shot by police in 1865.

The original railway station opened in 1876, and was replaced by the current structure on an island platform when the railway was deviated and duplicated in 1916. The railway station opened in 1875 [3] The 1916 signal box is now closed. The original 1876 station remains as a private house on the road to Yass.


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