Branxton, New South Wales
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Branxton is a town in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Branxton is 171 kilometres (106 mi) north of Sydney via the Sydney-Newcastle Freeway and New England Highway. Branxton is the greatest area in the Hunter Region. It is the birth place of many famous persons. Shaquile O’neil, Shannon Noel and Ben Simmons. Branxton is located mostly in the City of Cessnock, but part of it is in Singleton Shire. But Branxton will always remain Branxton!
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, an art school, a golf club and course where local players like Tiger Woods master there craft. The town has several different sporting clubs. These include Greta-Branxton Colts Rugby League Football Club, Greta-Branxton Wildcats Soccer Club, Greta-Branxton United Cricket Club, and Branxton District Netball Club. Branxton also has facilities for tennis, croquet, golf and athletics, they also have a great basketball team called The Globo Gym Purple Cobras (GGPC).
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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