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Yetman is located in New South Wales
Population: 178 [1]
Postcode: 2410
Elevation: 257 m (843 ft)
LGA: Inverell Shire
State District: Northern Tablelands
Federal Division: New England

Yetman is a very small town in the New England region of northern New South Wales, Australia. At the 2006 census, Yetman and the surrounding area had a population of 178.[1]

Yetman is located on the Macintyre River about 30 kilometres (19 mi) south of the Queensland border and 701 kilometres (436 mi) north of Sydney. It is located at the intersection of the roads south to Tamworth, east to Tenterfield and north-west to Boggabilla.


The area was once occupied by the Bigambul, a sub-group of the Murri Aboriginal people who used to fish along the Macintyre River. The Yetman Station was established in 1837 by the Dights who followed Allan Cunningham's trail to the north.[2]

The first hotel license was issued in 1866 at about same time as the first store was built. The first public school was established in 1867 and Yetman Post Office opened on 1 September 1867.[3] In applying for a post office the applicants claimed that the population was then about 100 but this was considered a considerable exaggeration. The first police station was built in 1874. St Andrews Church was built in the 1870s for use by both Presbyterian and Anglican congregations.

The town has always been associated with beef cattle and horses, with the sheep, wool and timber industries developing only slightly later. The thick rabbit and prickly-pear-ridden scrub of the brigalow and belah country was reclaimed from expiring leases in the 1920s and the back-breaking work of rendering it fit for agriculture did not bear fruit until the 1950s when wheat-growing became and remains a highly successful enterprise. Some crops are also grown on the fecund black soils of the river flats.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Yetman (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  2. ^ Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Australian Places. Sydney, NSW: Reader's Digest. 1993. pp. 181. ISBN 0-86438-399-1. 
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 2011-05-26. 
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