Warren Railway - History


Interesting Historical Facts:

30,000 years ago - Archaeological evidence suggests that Aboriginal people have occupied the land for up to 30 000 years. The area covered by the Warren Shire sits at the junction of several Aboriginal nations and language groups: Ngemba; Wongaibon; Wayilwan; Waiabara.

1818 - John Oxley and his party explore the region.

1828 - Charles Sturt and his party explore the region.

1830s - The first settlers move into the area.

1846 - Thomas Mitchell and his party explore the region.

1847 - The first race meeting held about 6km east of Warren.

1861 - Warren proclaimed a town.

1880 - The first Warren Show held on 3 May.

1882 - Railway line from Dubbo to Nevertire opened.

1885 - Nevertire proclaimed a town.

1893 - Collie proclaimed a village.

1896 - The Nevertire Cyclone destroyed most of Nevertire.

1898 - Railway from Nevertire to Warren opened. There were two trains in and out of Warren six days a week.

1899 - The Great Fire destroyed two thirds of Warren.

1901 - The population of Warren was 1006 of which 13% were Chinese.

1914 - 1918 - 300 men and 2 women served in The First World War. 41 did not return.

1920 - 1982 - Aboriginal families lived at the Beemunnel Reserve.

1939 - 1945 - 307 men and 16 women served in The Second World War. 21 did not return.

1950 - 1953 - 3 men served in the Korean War. All returned.

1951 - The most destructive bushfire experienced in the district this century occurred.

1955 - Record flood of 10 metres.

1957 - Warren Shire formed with the amalgamation of Marthaguy and Warren Shires.

1962 - 1975 - 10 men served in the Vietnam War. All returned.

1988 - Tiger Bay Wetlands opened in Warren.

2011 - Celebrations for the 150 year anniversary of Warren being gazetted as a town.

Join the Warren Historical and Family History Society

The Warren Historical and Family History Society Inc (WHFHS) meet at 6pm on the first Monday of each month. All interested people are invited to join them. The Society meets at endeavour hall (the old Post Office) in Dubbo Street. For further information please contact the Warren Historical and Family History Society Inc. at warrenhistory@gmail.com

During 2017-18, Warren Historical & Family History Society members remain committed to the ANZAC Centenary project. During 2015, to commemorate the ANZAC Centenary, WHFHS commenced gathering information and researching the records of all service personnel born and enlisted in Warren, Collie and Nevertire. During 2017-18, the second stage of the project is to continue to collate, edit and present the information from the exhibition into the form of a book in the interests of posterity, which is scheduled to be completed and ready for sale by November 2018.

Family History

Warren Historical and Family History Society Inc endeavours to assist with family history inquiries for a small fee of $30. Please contact warrenhistory@gmail.com

Local History is now on show every Wednesday

Each Wednesday you can view local historical items at the Warren Historical and Family History Society. It is open from 10 am to 2 pm on Wednesdays at Endeavour Hall (the old Post Office) in Dubbo Street.