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Nowra
New South Wales
Nowra is located in New South Wales
Nowra
Population: 27,478 [1]
Established: 1852
Time zone:

 • Summer (DST)

AEST (UTC+10)

AEDT (UTC+11)

Property Value: AUD $225,000 (2009)
Location: 170 km (106 mi) from Sydney
LGA: City of Shoalhaven
State District: South Coast
Federal Division: Gilmore
Nowra shops (Junction Street)
Marriot Park
Nowra Bridge

Nowra is a city in the South Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. Located approximately 170 kilometres (110 mi) south of the state capital of Sydney, it has a population together with its twin-town of Bomaderry of 27,478.[1] It is also the seat and commercial centre of the City of Shoalhaven.

The region around Nowra is a farming community, sustaining a thriving dairy industry [2] and a number of State forests, but is also increasingly a retirement and leisure area for Canberra and Sydney. The naval air station HMAS Albatross is located about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) south-west of Nowra.

The name Nowra, originally written by Europeans as 'nou-woo-ro' (pronounced Nowa Nowa by the Aborigines of the area), is the Aboriginal word for black cockatoo.[3]

Contents

History

The Nowra region, south of Bomaderry Creek was inhabited by the Wodi-Wodi tribe of the Yuin nation while north of Bomaderry Creek was inhabited by the Dharawal Aboriginal people prior to European arrival. Around 1824, ex-convict Mary Reibey applied for a land grant in the Burrier area, on the southern side of the Shoalhaven River. The Nowra township was officially recognised in 1852. Less than ten years later, in 1861, a postal service was established. Also in that year, the racehorse 'Archer', trained in Nowra by Etienne de Mestre, won the first Melbourne Cup. By 1885, Nowra was declared a town.[2]

A major landmark in the area is the house Bundanon, which started as a single-storey weatherboard structure built circa 1840. In 1866, a two-storey sandstone house, made of locally quarried stone, was built immediately in front of the weatherboard house. The sandstone house features timber verandahs and is now listed on the Register of the National Estate.[4]

Geography and climate

Nowra boasts the pristine Shoalhaven River, which formerly hosted the Australian National wakeboarding championships, it is also a popular fishing location. The river divides Nowra from Bomaderry and North Nowra, and is bridged by the historic Nowra Bridge. The Shoalhaven river is a salt water river, although it itself does not flow into the sea. The Shoalhaven River meets the sea through the canal that joins the Shoalhaven and Crookhaven Rivers, which was dug by convicts under direction of local entrepreneur and pioneer Alexander Berry.

It is also located nearby Berry, Jervis Bay, Kangaroo Valley, Culburra Beach, Greenwell Point, Huskisson and Shoalhaven Heads.

Nowra's mean minimum annual temperature is 8.5°C; its mean maximum annual temperature 25.2°C.[5] It records a mean annual rainfall of 1256.3mm.[5]

Demography

Education

Nowra has three public high schools, Nowra High School, Shoalhaven High School and Bomaderry High School. There are also several non-government schools, which are all denominational; a K-12 Anglican college in Bomaderry, Nowra Anglican College; a Catholic systemic high school, St John the Evangelist Catholic High School; and a K-12 Christian college on the southern outskirts of Nowra, Nowra Christian School.

The Catholic high school is linked to St Michael's Catholic Primary School located in Nowra. There are seven public primary schools in the Nowra area as well: East Nowra Public School, Nowra Public School, Bomaderry Public School, Illaroo Road Public School, North Nowra Public School, Nowra Hill Public School and Terara Public School. The University of Wollongong also has a campus in Nowra, and there is a campus of TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute located in Bomaderry.

Sports

The four major codes of football in Australia are all popular in the Nowra area. Rugby union is represented by the Shoalhaven Rugby Club, the team plays out of Rugby Park in South Nowra. The team recently won the 2008 premiership in the Illawarra district competition, and has produced international and provincial players such as Andrew Walker and Alex Kanaar.

Australian Football is constantly growing in the area.[citation needed] The Nowra Blues play out of West Street Oval, and the Bomaderry Tigers are located at Arty Smith oval. The Bay and Basin Bombers are also a team located at the leisure centre. these are just some of the teams.

Football (also known as Soccer) is the most popular of the football codes.[citation needed] Several different leagues run throughout the year.

Rugby League has traditionally been represented by the Nowra Warriors and Bomaderry Swamprats. However, at the end of 2007 these teams merged to form the Shoalhaven Jets Rugby League Football Club. The area looks forward to seeing improved results from this team.[citation needed]

Hockey is popular, particularly among junior players, but a lack of quality fields, particularly a synthetic pitch curtails the sport's growth.[citation needed]

The Nowra area has traditionally performed well in the sport of Basketball. The Shoalhaven Tigers represent the area in the New South Wales State Basketball League and have won several championships from 1988 until 2007.[citation needed]

Notable people

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Nowra-Bomaderry (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/ABSNavigation/prenav/LocationSearch?collection=Census&period=2006&areacode=UCL161200&producttype=QuickStats&breadcrumb=PL&action=401. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  2. ^ a b "Nowra Police Station". NSW Police Regions and History. Retrieved on 2008-04-29
  3. ^ "Travel: Nowra", Sydney Morning Herald, 8 February 2004. Retrieved on 2007-04-26.
  4. ^ The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, p.2/162
  5. ^ a b Climate statistics for Australian locations: Kiama, Bureau of Meteorology, 13 June 2007. Retrieved on 2007-06-17.

External links

Coordinates: 34°53′S 150°36′E / 34.883°S 150.6°E / -34.883; 150.6

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Nowra
New South WalesAustralia
File:Nsw nowra.PNG
Location of Nowra in New South Wales
Population: 27,478
Established: 1852
Time zone:

 • Summer (DST)

AEST (UTC+10)

AEDT (UTC+11)

Location: 170 km from Sydney
LGA: City of Shoalhaven
State District: South Coast
Federal Division: Gilmore
File:Nowra shops.jpg
Nowra shops (Junction Street)
File:Nowra park.jpg
Marriot Park

Nowra is a city in the South Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. Located approximately 170 km south of the state capital of Sydney, it has a population together with its twin-town of Bomaderry of 27,478.[1] It is also the seat and commercial centre of the City of Shoalhaven.

The region around Nowra is a farming community, sustaining a thriving dairy industry [2] and a number of State forests, but is also increasingly a retirement and leisure area for Canberra and Sydney. The HMAS Albatross air station of the Royal Australian Navy is located about 10 km south-west of Nowra.

The name Nowra, originally written 'nou-woo-ro', is thought to be the Aboriginal word for black cockatoo or camping place.[3]

Contents

History

It is thought that the Nowra region was inhabited by the Dharawal Aborigines prior to European settlement. Around 1824, ex-convict Mary Reibey applied for a land grant in the Burrier area, on the southern side of the Shoalhaven River. The Nowra township was officially recognised in 1852. Less than ten years later, in 1861, a postal service was established. Also in that year, the racehorse 'Archer', trained in Nowra by Etienne de Mestre, won the first Melbourne Cup. By 1885, Nowra was declared a town.[2]

Geography and climate

Nowra boasts the pristine Shoalhaven River, which formerly hosted the Australian National wakeboarding championships, it is also a popular fishing location. The river divides Nowra from Bomaderry and North Nowra, and is bridged by the historic Nowra Bridge. The Shoalhaven river is a salt water river, although it itself does not flow into the sea. The Shoalhaven River meets the sea through the canal that joins the Shoalhaven and Crookhaven Rivers, which was dug by convicts.

It is also located nearby Berry, Jervis Bay, Kangaroo Valley, Culburra Beach, Greenwell Point, Huskisson and Shoalhaven Heads.

Nowra's mean minimum annual temperature is 8.5°C; its mean maximum annual temperature 25.2°C.[4] It records a mean annual rainfall of 1256.3mm.[4]

Demography

Education

Nowra has three public high schools, Nowra High School, Shoalhaven High School and Bomaderry High School. There are also several non-government schools, which are all denominational; a K-12 Anglican college in Bomaderry, Nowra Anglican College; a Catholic systemic high school, St John the Evangelist Catholic High School; and a K-12 Baptist college on the southern outskirts of Nowra, Nowra Christian School.

The Catholic high school is linked to St Michael's Catholic Primary School located in Nowra. There are five public primary schools in the Nowra area as well: East Nowra Public School, Nowra Public School, Bomaderry Public School, Illaroo Road Public School, North Nowra Public School and Nowra Hill Public School. The University of Wollongong also has a campus in Nowra, and there is a campus of TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute located in Bomaderry.

Sports

The four major codes of football in Australia are all popular in the Nowra area. Rugby is represented by the Shoalhaven Rugby Club, the team plays out of Rugby Park in South Nowra. The team recently won the 2008 premiership in the Illawarra district competition, and has produced international and provincial players such as Andrew Walker and Alex Kanaar.

Australian Football is constantly growing in the area. The Nowra Blues play out of West Street Oval, and the Bomaderry Tigers are located at Arty Smith oval. The Bay and Basin Bombers are also a team located at the leisure centre. these are just some of the teams.

Football (also known as Soccer) is the most popular of the football codes. Several different leagues run throughout the year.

Rugby League has traditionally been represented by the Nowra Warriors and Bomaderry Swamprats. However, at the end of 2007 these teams merged to form the Shoalhaven Jets Rugby League Football Club. The area looks forward to seeing improved results from this team.

Hockey is popular, particularly among junior players, but a lack of quality fields, particularly a synthetic pitch curtails the sport's growth.

The Nowra area has traditionally performed well in the sport of Basketball. The Shoalhaven Tigers represent the area in the New South Wales State Basketball League and have won several championships from 1988 until 2007.

Notable people

  • Arthur Boyd, Artist
  • Frank Moorhouse, Writer
  • Ashley Paske, Actor
  • Karen Phillips, Swimmer
  • William Kamm, AKA 'Little Pebble', Disgraced Religious Leader
  • Jeff Dowdell, Basketball Player
  • Ben Dowdell, Basketball Player
  • Adam Federici, Football (Soccer) Player

See also

References

  1. ^ Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named abs
  2. ^ a b "Nowra Police Station". NSW Police Regions and History. Retrieved on 2008-04-29
  3. ^ "Travel: Nowra", Sydney Morning Herald, 8 February 2004. Retrieved on 2007-04-26.
  4. ^ a b Climate statistics for Australian locations: Kiama, Bureau of Meteorology, 13 June 2007. Retrieved on 2007-06-17.

External links

Coordinates: 34°53′S 150°36′E / -34.883, 150.6

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