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Bolivia Hall with Bolivia Hill in the background

Bolivia is located in New South Wales
Postcode: 2372
Elevation: 830 m (2,723 ft)
LGA: Tenterfield Shire
County: Clive County
State District: Northern Tablelands
Federal Division: New England

Bolivia is a locality on the Northern Tablelands in the New England region of New South Wales, Australia. The remains of the settlement comprises the former Bolivia Hotel, a disused post office, a disused railway siding and a community hall.


The original inhabitants of the land were Aborigines of the Kamilaroi clan. The first European settlement was in 1840, with the establishment of a sheep station owned by a squatter named Edward Hurry. Hurry had previously spent some years in Bolivia in South America, and chose this name for the land around his property.[1] Hurry’s sheep contracted catarrah and he sold Bolivia to Sir Stuart Donaldson who then held the property until 1843.

During the 1880s a township developed towards the foot of Bolivia Hill as the railway was extended through the area. The town supported two bakeries, two butchers, two general stores, a produce store, a post and telegraph office and the railway offices, workshop and stables etc. The first school opened in 1883 and closed in 1886. Several other schools opened later and one was operating up until November 1966. Bolivia Post Office opened on 30 April 1883 and closed in 1982.[2]

In 1981 the name Bolivia was assigned to the region covered by the various farms comprising Hurry's original estate, and is now an address locality for the farming properties scattered to the north and northeast of Deepwater.[1]

The former Bolivia Hotel on the New England Highway has been listed on the Register of the National Estate.[3] This building was constructed c. 1840-1860 as a Cobb & Co. coach changing station and was later used as a post office and boarding house. Coach horses required regular changing about every 10 to 25 km in order to provide quick transport. These hotels were known as a "Changing Station" and here passengers and horses could have something to eat or stay overnight.

The Bolivia School of Arts building was erected 1914 on land donated by A.M. White of Bolivia Station. Many minerals have been mined in the region including bismuth, gold, tin, silver, high quality silica and arsenic.

The Bolivia Cemetery was dedicated in July 1884 and officially closed in February 1986. This and the Bolivia Station Cemetery were used regularly until c.1900 but have had little use since then. No headstones remain and a few plants and depressions in the ground are the only indication of the cemetery there.


Bolivia occupies land to the north of Deepwater Creek and along both sides of Splitters Swamp Creek. A series of rough granite outcrops dominate the landscape on either side of the creek beds. Little Bolivia Hill rises approximately eighty metres above Deepwater Creek on the southern boundary of the locality.


Bolivia Hill and the adjacent nature reserve are the only recorded locations of the endangered Bolivia Hill Boronia (Boronia boliviensis),[4] Bolivia Homoranthus (Homoranthus croftianthus),[5] Bolivia Stringybark (Eucalyptus boliviana), the shrub Bolivia Hill Pimelea (Pimelea venosa)[6] and the vulnerable Bolivia wattle (Acacia pycnostchya).


Tennis, cricket, pigeon shooting, polo and horse racing were among the popular sports that were held at Bolivia.


Local industries include wine growing and beef cattle farms. In May 2001 a Red Angus bull from Bolivia was sold for an Australian record price of $17,500.[7]

Bolivia railway station[]

Thomas Henry Jones was stationmaster 1902

and his youngest daughter Edith Alice was born 16th June 1902 there.


  1. ^ a b "Bolivia". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 22 November 2007. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 2011-05-26. 
  3. ^ Aussie Heritage
  4. ^ "Bolivia Hill Boronia: Profile". New South Wales Department of Environment and Climate Change. September 2005. Retrieved 2007-11-22. 
  5. ^ Bolivia Homoranthus Retrieved on 18 January 2009
  6. ^ "Pimelia venosa". Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Environment and Water Resources. November 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-22. 
  7. ^ "Angus Record Prices at Auction". Angus Australia. 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-22. 

Further reading[]

Schiffmann, Paul; Fay McCowen; Debbie McCowen and Ken Halliday: "Bolivia – A Century and a Half", Examiner Printing Service, Glen Innes, 1988

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