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 Barraba Dateline

1827
Explorer and Botanist, Alan Cunningham discovers region.
1837
First squatter take up land in the district naming his holding “Barraba”, being aboriginal for “camping place on the bank of a river”
1840
Property name “Barraba” registered
Other squatters also arrive to take up land
Stores begin to open in and around the district
1844
First white child said to be born in district
1851
First postal service commences
Mail conveyed by horse
1852
Map of town surveyed
District population is 80
1861
First school classes operating in Cherry Street
1862
Free Land Selection Act proclaimed
1866
District becomes known as an agricultural and pastoral area
Gold diggings at Crow Mountain and Woodsreef
Mail conveyed by horseback now twice weekly
Barraba described as a “Pastoral township”
1872
Coach service from Tamworth to Warrialda commences
Legend: Thunderbolt attempts to rob coach at Devils Elbow on the Barraba-Bingara road
1874
Barraba School has 16 pupils
1876
First St Laurence’s church built in Queen Street
First bank begins operation
Auction of Crown Lands in Barraba district
1878
Commercial Hotel opens for business
1881
Barraba Court House built
1882
First brick Post Office erected
1885
Barraba proclaimed a town (20 March)
1889
Copper discovered at Gulf Creek
Mining commences
1890
Victoria Hotel built
1891
Barraba Hospital constructed
1893
Barraba population 500
1895
Bandits Lee and Cummins attempt to rob Commercial Bank - Bank Manager killed
Morrow Row cottages built (Savoy Street)
Barraba Central School building built (Gotha Street) - pupils transferred from Cherry Street Schoolhouse
1897
First newspaper “The Barraba & Manilla News” - printed on satin
1898
Wesleyan Church (now Uniting) built
First recorded snowstorm hits Barraba
1900
Barraba Gazette first published
1902
Bank of New South Wales opens
1905-1906
St Johns Catholic Church constructed
1906
Barraba Municipal Council gazetted
Barraba Shire Council proclaimed
First mayor S J Lillis
1908
Railway line to Barraba completed - train runs from Tamworth to Barraba
Dean & Smith stores open
Barraba reaches peak of prosperity - riches from gold, copper, wool and meat a realised - wheat, asbestos, clay and diatomaceous earth add to Barraba’s wealth
1910
St Joseph’s convent founded
1911
District population stands at 3,552
Town population 1,125
1914- 1922
Small scale mining of asbestos
1915- 1919
Gas engines installed to generate electricity for street lighting replacing kerosine lamps
World War 1 - 186 enlist from Barraba to serve their country. 40 personnel killed in action
1924
War memorial clock tower built to commemorate those who enlisted and those killed in the Great War
1927
Diesel engines replace gas engines for street lighting
1929
The Great Depression begins
1933
Connors Creek Dam constructed to supply town water
1934
First town water supply from Connors Creek Dam
1946
Bulk electricity comes to Barraba
1966
Barraba population estimated at 2,815
1972
Asbestos mine opened
1971
Barraba High School opened in West Street
1974
First “Frost Over Barraba” art exhibition
1980
Mall amenity block erected
1983
Asbestos mine closes
Train services to Barraba ceases
Richardson House Retirement Home opens
1984
Second known snow storm hits Barraba (July)
1988
Split Rock Dam opened
Bicentennial Centre opened
1991
Barraba Shire Band re-established
1993
Barraba main street beautification completed
1996
Population 2,271
1998
Barraba Hydrotherapy Pool opened
2011
Three Tier Government Agreement to fund Pipeline from Split Rock Dam
2011
Manilla River floods (November)
2012
Manilla River floods (January)
2011
Survey work begins on Barraba Pipeline (March)

 

 
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