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New South Wales
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Kelso, as seen from the Bathurst side of Evans Bridge, crossing the Macquarie River
Kelso is located in New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Population 8,968 (2016 census)
Established 1918
Postcode(s) 2795
Elevation 660 m (2,165 ft)
LGA(s) Bathurst Regional Council
State electorate(s) Bathurst
Federal Division(s) Calare

Kelso is a suburb of Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia, in the Bathurst Regional Council area.


Kelso was the original European settlement in the area. In 1816, the initial settlement of Bathurst was established on the eastern banks of the Macquarie River, in current-day Kelso. The first ten farmers in Kelso were each given 50 acres (20 ha); five were newborn colonials and five were immigrants.


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Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Church was the first inland church in Australia. It was built in 1835 to serve the Anglican parish of Kelso. It was the first Australian church consecrated by a bishop. The church has a close association with early settlement west of the Great Dividing Range. The church is surrounded by an historical cemetery, which contains many of the Kelso/Bathurst district's pioneers.

Former station

Kelso previously had a railway station on the Main Western line. It opened on 4 February 1875 and was closed on 6 April 1975. It is now served by coach services.

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Opening in 1976 and formally known as Kelso High School, the Kelso High Campus makes up the Denison College of Secondary Education along with Bathurst High Campus.

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