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Nimmitabel
New South Wales
Monaro Highway in Nimmitabel.jpg
Looking south through the town along the highway
Population 237 (2006 census)
Postcode(s) 2631
Elevation 1,075 m (3,527 ft)
Location
  • 435 km (270 mi) SSW of Sydney
  • 152 km (94 mi) S of Canberra
  • 37 km (23 mi) SE of Cooma
  • 75 km (47 mi) W of Bega
LGA(s) Snowy Monaro Regional Council
State electorate(s) Monaro
Federal Division(s) Eden-Monaro
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
15.6 °C
60 °F
3.4 °C
38 °F
687.6 mm
27.1 in

Nimmitabel is a small town in the Monaro region in southeast New South Wales, Australia, in the Snowy Monaro Regional Council local government area. At the 2006 census, Nimmitabel had a population of 237.

The town is 37 kilometres (23 mi) south of Cooma and 75 kilometres (47 mi) west of Bega. Nimmitabel is on a stretch of highway shared between the Snowy Mountains Highway (HWY B72) and the Monaro Highway (HWY B23).

It is on the southern end of the Great Dividing Range, at the west of the Monaro Range, and lies 20 kilometres (12 mi) west of the Wadbilliga National Park.

Nimmitabel means "the place where many waters start or divide" in the local Aboriginal language. Many various spellings were adopted for the town, including: Nimmitybelle, Nimithybale, Nimitybell, Nimity Belle and Nimmitabel.

The area around Nimmitabel has the only true chernozem soil in Australia, a very rich, fertile and dark colored soil.

History

  • 1840 Locals started calling the village Nimoitebool
  • 1845 Appears on Townsend's map as Nimmitabel
  • 1858 Church was built
  • 1857 Renewal of licence for hotel
  • 1858 Post office arrives
  • 1861 Bell's Store
  • 1863 Separate Courthouse built
  • 1865 Geldmacher builds windmill
  • 1866 Cameron's Store opens
  • 1869 Nimmitabel Public School opens
  • 1912 Railway arrives
  • 1921 Area's first saw-mill opens
  • 1959 Used as location for multi-Oscar nominated film The Sundowners
  • 1986 Railway closes

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