Branxton, New South Wales
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New South Wales
New England Highway at Branxton
|Population||1,991 (2016 census)|
Branxton is a busy service township with an IGA Supermarket, medical centre, swimming school, and an art school.
The town has several different sporting clubs. These include Greta Branxton Colts Rugby League Football Club, Greta Branxton Wildcats Soccer Club and Branxton District Netball Club. Branxton also has facilities for tennis, croquet, golf and athletics.
An infamous road sign on one approach to the town states that Branxton has "two cemeteries and no hospital!" The sign, erected by the local Lions Club, is meant to act as a deterrent to rule-breaking motorists.
James Busby (1801 – 1871) widely regarded as the "father" of the Australian wine industry planted his first grape vines on his property "Kirkton", which is located at Belford in the Branxton district. In 1827 George Wyndham arrived taking up a grant of land adjoining the Hunter River 5k east of the current town. His original homestead, 'Dalwood' is preserved within the grounds of the modern Wyndham Estate complex.
As settlers took up further land grants the township expanded capitalizing on trade from settlers heading further north to open up the Liverpool Plains.
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