A Brief Warialda History
The Warialda area received its first official European encounter in 1827 when Allan Cunningham
passed through on his overland trek from the Hunter Valley to the Darling Downs. Cunningham reported the existence of ahut in the Warialda area, which may have been constructed by an escaped convict, thus indicating an earlier European presence here. More information regarding the History of Warialda can be found at the Visitors Information Centre
where a museum of local history is housed.
A police outstation was established here around 1840. The townsite was gazetted in 1849. Two years later the population was recorded as being 45. Warialda became the first administrative centre of the north-west with a mining warden, magistrate and lands commissioner based in the village. The railway arrived in 1901 and the population peaked in 1911 at 1762 but slowly declined thereafter.
Joshua John Rose
- was the son of John and Mary Rose. John was the first child born to the first family of free settlers to arrive in the colony. >> read more
Warialda born Mabel Lee
translation of Gao Xingjian’s
novel Soul Mountain played a significant role in the author
winning the Nobel Prize for
Literature in 2000.
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Constructed here in the early 20th century, the Warialda Convent is an historic building worth visiting. read more>>
The Warialda Courthouse - an example of the superb workmanship carried out over a century ago. read more>>
Carinda House was built around 1880 for Mr W.H. Cane, proprietor of the Royal Hotel
The Warialda Visitor Centre in conjunction with the Warialda Historical Society have produced a town walk where historical sites can be identified using the booklet available at the Visitor Centre.
THE PIONEER CEMETERY
This pioneer cemetery was closed to burials about 1900, the new cemetery in Mosquito Creek Road having opened about a decade earlier. visit the site>>
Click here to go to Warialda Cemetery Index website.
A list and photo of all graves in the Cemetery can be found on this site.