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Ardlethan
New South Wales
ArdlethanMainStreet.JPG
Ariah Street, the main street of Ardlethan
Population 379 (2006 census)
Postcode(s) 2665
Elevation 204 m (669 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Coolamon Shire Council
County Bourke
State electorate(s) Cootamundra
Federal Division(s) Riverina
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
23.0 °C
73 °F
9.2 °C
49 °F
481.8 mm
19 in

Ardlethan (/ɑːrdˈlθən/, locally [aːdˈliːθən]) is a small service town in the Coolamon Shire in New South Wales, Australia. Ardlethan is at the intersection of the Burley Griffin Way and Newell Highway. At the 2006 census Ardlethan had a population of 379 people. The 2015 census showed Ardelthan to be growing at a rate not seen since the 1890s, becoming a hub for service training including nurses and paramedics.

Ardlethan lays claim to be the birthplace of the Australian kelpie.

History

Ardlethan was established in the 19th century after gold was discovered but gold mining was short-lived. The railway line opened in 1908. Passenger services ceased in 1983 however the line remains open for goods trains.

Warri Post Office opened on 1 October 1907 and was renamed Ardlethan in 1908.

Tin mining began in 1912, and became an economic backbone of the town. A major labour strike in the 1930s gained national coverage. The open cut pit was at one time the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Mining eventually went underground and continued through to the late 1980s. The tin mine was reopened in late 2001, particularly for alluvial mining, but closed in mid-2004 after Marlborough Resources was placed under voluntary administration due to disappointing results at its new processing plant, poor tin price hedging results, and lower-than-expected tin reserves. Rehabilitation of the open cut pit is yet to occur. Australian Tin Resources Pty Ltd (ATR) now owns the mine, and is proposing to use the pit as a rubbish tip for Sydney's putrescible waste.[1]

Climate

Climate data for Ardlethan Post Office
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 44.4
(111.9)
44.4
(111.9)
39.4
(102.9)
32.2
(90)
27.0
(80.6)
23.8
(74.8)
25.9
(78.6)
25.6
(78.1)
33.9
(93)
35.0
(95)
39.0
(102.2)
42.7
(108.9)
44.4
(111.9)
Average high °C (°F) 32.3
(90.1)
31.1
(88)
28.7
(83.7)
23.3
(73.9)
18.0
(64.4)
14.7
(58.5)
14.1
(57.4)
15.6
(60.1)
19.2
(66.6)
22.7
(72.9)
25.9
(78.6)
30.5
(86.9)
23.0
(73.4)
Average low °C (°F) 16.3
(61.3)
16.4
(61.5)
13.5
(56.3)
9.4
(48.9)
6.1
(43)
3.3
(37.9)
2.7
(36.9)
3.6
(38.5)
5.8
(42.4)
8.8
(47.8)
10.6
(51.1)
13.9
(57)
9.2
(48.6)
Record low °C (°F) 6.0
(42.8)
6.7
(44.1)
3.3
(37.9)
-0.6
(30.9)
-3.3
(26.1)
-4.4
(24.1)
-6.1
(21)
-3.9
(25)
-3.3
(26.1)
-1.7
(28.9)
2.2
(36)
5.0
(41)
-6.1
(21)
Precipitation mm (inches) 42.4
(1.669)
38.7
(1.524)
36.8
(1.449)
35.9
(1.413)
40.4
(1.591)
42.1
(1.657)
42.8
(1.685)
42.6
(1.677)
38.8
(1.528)
44.7
(1.76)
39.3
(1.547)
37,3 481.8
(18.969)
Avg. rainy days 4.3 3.9 3.9 4.5 6.2 7.9 8.8 8.4 7.0 6.7 5.1 4.5 71.2
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Ardlethan Station
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