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Entry sign at Carroll

Carroll is located in New South Wales
Population: 447 (2006 census)[1]
Established: 1885
Postcode: 2340
Elevation: 280 m (919 ft)
LGA: Gunnedah Shire Council
County: Buckland

Carroll is a parish and small village on the Oxley Highway, 20 km east of Gunnedah, New South Wales. In 2006, Carroll had a population of 447 people.[1] The Namoi River runs approximately parallel to the highway which is also the main street there. Periodically this river floods the town and surrounding area, forcing the closure of the Oxley Highway. The surrounding area is part of the Liverpool Plains region.

Carroll is an Irish surname coming from the Gaelic O Cearbhaill and Cearbhall, meaning "fierce in battle".[2]

In 1839 John Howe of Windsor took out Depasturing Licence for 'Carrol'. An adjoining ‘Carrol’ was held by Hannah Dight in 1846.[3]

During December 1865 Captain Thunderbolt (Fred Ward) and two accomplices robbed the inn at Carroll then danced and drank until the police arrived. They wounded a policeman and escaped, abandoning three pack-horses.[4]

The district produces cotton, wheat, other grains, fat lambs and beef cattle. The Olympic eventing horses, Kibah Tic-Tic, a noted dual gold medal winner and Kibah Sandstone (gold medalist in team & individual 1992, gold 2000) were bred on Kibah, a property close to the village.[5]

According to the entry sign there are 188 people in the village. The village now has a public school and a fuel supplier.


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  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Carroll (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2009. 
  2. ^ Grenham, John (1994). The Little Book of Irish Clans. Dublin, Ireland: John Hinde. p. 14. ISBN 0-7858-0083-2. 
  3. ^ Geographical Names Board of New South Wales:
  4. ^ Victor Crittenden, 'Ward, Frederick (Captain Thunderbolt) (1835–1870)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 6, Melbourne University Press, 1976, pp 353-354.
  5. ^ Bud Hyem of Kibah:

Oxley Highway, Carroll, NSW

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