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Dubbo Local History

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Dubbo is a city in the Orana Region of New South Wales, Australia. It is also the major centre for the wider Dubbo Region. Dubbo is located approximately 400km northwest of Sydney and is situated at the intersection of major highways and railway lines. Dubbo has a rich history that dates back to the early 1800s and has played a significant role in the development of the region.


The Dubbo region was initially occupied by the Wiradjuri people, who have lived in the area for thousands of years. The Wiradjuri people had a rich culture and way of life, including their traditions, language, and beliefs. The region was home to hundreds of Indigenous people who managed the land and lived in permanent and semi-permanent homes.


Following the British colonisation in the 1800s, the region of Dubbo started to develop. The town of Dubbo was first established in the 1830s when a crossing was made over the Macquarie River. The town became a strategic point for trade and farming in the region and serves as a location for transportation of goods.

Development of Dubbo

The town grew in population and functioned as a trading centre between surrounding areas. The first courthouse was built in 1847, as Dubbo became an important regional center for the surrounding agricultural industry. The town became a major stopover point for cattle and sheep drovers travelling from the west to the coast.

In the 1900s, Dubbo continued to grow and developed a strong focus on retail trade. By 1956, Dubbo was connected via rail to both Sydney and Melbourne. During this time, Dubbo became known for its agricultural industry, centered around wheat, wool, and livestock.

Modern-day Dubbo

Today Dubbo has become a thriving commercial center for the region. The city provides services and facilities to the surrounding towns and rural areas. Dubbo remains an important location for transport, with the highways and railway lines passing through the town. Modern-day Dubbo has a range of recreational activities to offer its residents and visitors including parks, zoos, museums, and galleries.

History of in Dubbo

The history of Dubbo is long and varied, with its Indigenous heritage and early colonisation shaping the town. The economic growth of Dubbo relied heavily on the agricultural industry in the past, but today it plays an important role in regional centers of commerce, transport, and tourism. Dubbo has become a thriving center for the surrounding region and will continue to do so for years to come.

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Into Dubbo from the West (m) thanks to Tim Keegan