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NowraNew South Wales
Bombaderry railway bridge 1.jpg
Derelict bridge over Bomaderry Creek, south of Bomaderry station
Population 6,601
Established 1892
LGA(s) City of Shoalhaven

Bomaderry is a town in the Shoalhaven council district area of New South Wales, Australia. In 2006, it had a population of 6,601 people. It is on the north shore of the Shoalhaven River, across the river from Nowra, the major town of the Shoalhaven, of which Bomaderry is locally regarded as being a suburb.

Bomaderry has several facilities and activities available for people living in the Shoalhaven area, such as community groups, sporting facilities, bush tracks, a theatre company which offers classes and productions to the community the train station and a small shopping district in the heart of the town.

Its railway station is the terminus of the South Coast railway line, which is part of the NSW TrainLink network.

Bomaderry High School is one of the major high schools in the Shoalhaven. The school is renowned for its success in state and national competitions with students ranked as winners or finalists in academic, sporting and cultural activities. In the year 2000 it was the National Winner and NSW State Rock Eisteddfod Premier Division Champion. Nowra Anglican College is a K-12 school as well in Bomaderry, it is well known for its success in all aspects of school achievements. Bomaderry Public School is the main primary school in the area with over 250 students.


Lynburn Bomaderry circa 1900
Lynburn, Bomaderry 1903
Bomaderry township opening 1892
Subdivision map of Bomaderry 1892

Bomaderry township was opened in 1892. It was previously part of the Shoalhaven Estate owned by David Berry whose brother Alexander Berry had built a road to the area in 1858. When David died in 1889 the estate was sold in portions. The subdivision plans for Bomaderry are shown. In 1893 the railway was extended to Bomaderry and the town began to grow from this time.

One of the first houses in Bomaderry was Lynburn which still exists today. It was built in 1895 by the architect Howard Joseland for Jane Morton, the widow of Henry Gordon Morton, the manager of the Shoalhaven Estate. A photo shortly after its construction is shown. The road over the bridge in the photo is now the Princes Highway where it crosses Bomaderry Creek.

After the town opened in 1892 several factories moved into the area. Messrs Denham Bros. built a bacon and ham factory in about 1900. A milk condensery opened in 1901 which was originally located near the railway station but later moved to the bank of the Shoalhaven River close to Bolong Road. In 1912 the Nowra Co-op Dairy Company established a milk Depot at Bomaderry and this was a major boost to the local economy for many years.

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