() is a small town in the Riverina
region of New South Wales
Urana is located between Lockhart
, about 578 kilometres southwest of Sydney
. To the west lies Lake Urana and the Lake Urana Nature Reserve
. To the east lies a smaller lake, Lake Uranagang.
Urana in the major town and headquarters of Urana Shire
. The shire includes the localities of Boree Creek
Urana was first settled by Europeans during the 1850s. In May 1859 a design for the "Town of Urana" by Surveyor Hayes was approved by the New South Wales Executive Council. The name Urana comes from the Aboriginal word 'airana', meaning a temporary shelter (usually consisting of a simple frame of branches covered with bark, leaves, or grass).Jervis, James, 'The Western Riverina: A History of Its Development', Royal Australian Historical Society Journal and Proceedings
, Vol. XXXVIII 1952, pp. 242-3.
Urana Post Office opened on 1 January 1861.
In August 1863 near Urana the notorious bushranger
, Dan 'Mad Dog' Morgan
, and his accomplice Clarke held up the Police Magistrate
based at Wagga Wagga
, Henry Baylis. A few days after this incident Baylis led a party of policemen to the bushrangers' camp; shots were exchanged and both Baylis and the bushranger Clarke were wounded. Morgan and Clarke both escaped on this... Read More