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Adelong
New South Wales
Adelong December 2005.jpg
Main street
Adelong is located in New South Wales
Adelong
Adelong
Coordinates 35°18′S 148°03′E / 35.300°S 148.050°E / -35.300; 148.050Coordinates: 35°18′S 148°03′E / 35.300°S 148.050°E / -35.300; 148.050
Population 943 (2016 census)
Established 1836
Postcode(s) 2729
Elevation 303 m (994 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Snowy Valleys Council
County Wynyard
State electorate(s) Wagga Wagga
Federal Division(s) Eden-Monaro
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
21.8 °C
71 °F
6.7 °C
44 °F
790.5 mm
31.1 in

Adelong is a small town in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia, situated on the banks of the Adelong Creek. Adelong sits on the Snowy Mountains Highway and is a part of the Snowy Valleys Council. At the 2016 census, Adelong had an urban population of 943.

History

The town's name is said to be derived from an Aboriginal language meaning "along the way" or "plain with a river".

The gold ran out in the latter part of the 19th century and the pastoral industry became the principal activity. This was mainly Merino sheep and beef cattle, and continues now. Over the last 20 years a tourist industry has developed because of the pleasant scenery and gold mining history. During the gold rush many Chinese people worked in the mines, a lot of whom died and were buried in a special portion of the Adelong cemetery. Unfortunately the Chinese portion of the cemetery was obliterated in the early 1900s. One or two elderly Chinese and Indians still lived in Adelong in the 1950s. A community named Cornishtown existed about a mile to the west of Adelong till the 1940s. The famous Adelong Falls, with its rich gold-mining past, is an ideal spot to have a leisurely picnic or to explore the unique surrounding area.

Education

There are currently two primary schools, Adelong Public School and St. Joseph's Primary School, servicing the town and surrounding areas.

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