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Cootamundra is a small town located in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia. The town was originally inhabited by the Wiradjuri people for thousands of years before European settlement.

European Settlement

The first European to discover the area was explorer Hamilton Hume in 1824. However, it was not until the 1860s when the town was established. The name "Cootamundra" is derived from the Wiradjuri word "guudhamangra", which means "turtle dove".

In 1861, a station was established in the area, and a small township was developed around it. The town grew rapidly due to the gold rush in the nearby towns of Young and Grenfell. Cootamundra became a major transport hub for the region, with the railway station being opened in 1877.

Notable People

Cootamundra has been home to a number of notable people. One of the most famous residents of the town was Sir Donald Bradman, who spent his childhood in Cootamundra.

Other notable people associated with the town include Olympic swimmer Lisa Forrest, Australian cricketers Doug Walters and Ron Barnes, and Victorian Premier Sir Henry Bolte.

Heritage Buildings

Cootamundra is home to a number of heritage buildings, which reflect the town's rich history. One of the most notable buildings is the Railway Station, which was built in the 1870s. Other notable buildings include the Court House, which was built in 1881, and St Andrew's Anglican Church, which was built in 1885.


Cootamundra is known for its various events and festivals. The biggest event of the year is the Cootamundra Wattle Time Festival, which is held in August each year. The festival celebrates the town's connection to the wattle tree, which is also the national floral emblem of Australia.

The Festival includes a street parade, art exhibitions, a grand ball, and a fair. Another popular event is the Cootamundra Fine Music Series, which brings together local and international musicians for a series of concerts throughout the year.

History of in Cootamundra

Cootamundra is a town rich in history and culture. Its heritage buildings and events highlight the town's unique character and celebrate its connection to the land and its people.

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