is in the Riverina
district of south-western New South Wales
, on a wide bend of the Mid-Western Highway
. It is part of the Carrathool Shire local government area
, administered from Goolgowi. At the 2006 census
, Gunbar had a population of 97 people.
In its heyday Gunbar was a village which served as the hub of the surrounding pastoral properties and the community of selectors that had settled in the district from the 1870s onwards. Nowadays the Gunbar community consists of those who live and work on district farming properties. The Presbyterian
church, still used for worship, stands on an elevated position overlooking the original village-site, where the corrugated-iron Community Hall is the only other major building that remains. Scattered peppercorn trees give further evidence of the village that once stood there. Gunbar cemetery is located just over a mile away, nearby to the site of the old government-surveyed township (NNE of the original village).
The land later known as "Gunbar" station
was first occupied by Europeans during the expansion by squatters along the Lachlan River
in 1839 and the early 1840s. By the early 1870s "Gunbar" and other surrounding runs were held by the partnership of G. Kirk, John Bramwell and Albert Synnot
. The name ‘Gunbar’ is said to be an... Read More