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New South Wales
Bruxner Highway
Drake is located in New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Population 345 (2016 census)
Established 1860s
Postcode(s) 2469
Elevation 500 m (1,640 ft)
LGA(s) Tenterfield Shire
County Drake County
State electorate(s) Lismore
Federal Division(s) New England

Drake is a parish and small rural community on the Bruxner Highway approximately 44 km east of Tenterfield, New South Wales and about 800 km north of Sydney, New South Wales. It is in the Tenterfield Shire local government area, which is part of the New England region. At the 2016 census, Drake had a population of 345 people.

The town is in West Fairfield Parish of Drake County New South Wales


In 1858 gold was discovered near Newmans Pinch, a hill on the western side of Fairfield (now Drake) and Timbarra and quite a few years later copper was also mined in the vicinity.

The Timbarra Post Office opened on 1 November 1858, was renamed Drake in 1867 and closed in 1871. The later Drake office opened on 1 April 1879 and closed in 1985.

During the 1860s the first sale of Drake allotments took place with 16 of the 40 lots being sold. The Public School opened in November 1887.

The Australian Antimony Co. began mining here in 1872, with Drake as their community centre. Between 1872 and 1890 Drake was a thriving mining and timber town with 14 hotels, a town band, and many private dwellings, plus a number of businesses including a blacksmith, post office and stores. A weekly coach run was established to run from Tenterfield to Casino in 1885. The town also served as a stopping point for bullock teams, drovers and settlers passing between inland and coastal regions.

The original police station and house is near the cemetery, but is privately owned. There is a new Rural Transaction & Resource Centre. St Peter the Apostle Anglican Church (former) has been placed on the Register of the National Estate.

There are about thirty dwellings in Drake village which has a population of 131, and the surrounding area has about 409 people. The community is agricultural, timber and tourist based providing hiking, fishing and fossicking etc.

  • Call of the Highlands (The Tenterfield Story) 1828-1988, Ken Halliday, Southern Cross Printery, Toowoomba, c. 1988
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