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Weethalle
New South Wales
Weethalle Mid-Western Highway 003.JPG
Railway St (Mid-Western Highway), the main street of Weethalle
Population: 307
Postcode: 2669
Location:
LGA: Bland Shire
State District: Cootamundra
Federal Division: Riverina

Weethalle (/ˈwθæli/ WEE-thal-ee) is a town in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia. The town is in the Bland Shire local government area and on the Mid-Western Highway, 526 kilometres (327 mi) west of the state capital, Sydney, and 100 kilometres (62 mi) north east of Griffith. At the 2011 census,Weethalle and the surrounding area had a population of 307. The name "Weethalle" is said to be an Australian aboriginal word for drink.

History

The Weethalle area was set aside as homestead farms for returned soldiers in 1921. The Rankins Springs railway line was extended to Weethalle in 1922. Land clearing commenced and by 1923 the first wheat from the area was delivered to the Weethalle railway station.

By 1924, a site was surveyed for a village to service the surrounding farms with town allotment sales taking place the following year. A "skeleton" town was in existence by 1926, with "buildings in all states of construction" and "built mostly of wood". In the same year, a provisional school was established along with a branch of the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney.

An observer in 1928 described the growth of Weethalle as "remarkable" with the town having "sprung up in the night". In that year, a new hotel was built at a cost of £13,000. The hotel was the newest addition to a town that also boasted a bank, "2 stores ... butchers, bakers, hairdresser and tobacconist, several agents, a school, a doctor, a dance and picture hall, and a tri-weekly rail service."

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