Mount Gipps Station

Mount Gipps Station most commonly known as Mount Gipps is a pastoral lease that operates as a sheep station in north west New South Wales.

Mount Gipps Station is located in New South Wales
Mount Gipps Station
Mount Gipps Station
Location in New South Wales

It is situated about 37 kilometres (23 mi) north of Broken Hill and 173 kilometres (107 mi) north east of Mannahill in the outback of New South Wales.

Currently occupying an area of 85,000 acres (34,398 ha) the property is still operating as a sheep station but also as a farmstay for tourists.[1] The area is arid and most water is pumped from bores, though Stephens Creek runs through the property and has semi-permanent water-holes. The property is composed of gibber plains, large areas of saltbush and mulga and sandy creek beds surrounded by coolibah trees.[2] The old station homestead is now the site of the Broken Hill Royal Flying Doctor Service.[3]

The station was established around 1863 by the Barrier Ranges Company which included George Urquhart who owned neighbouring Kinchega Station. The property takes its name from Mount Gibbs that was named by Charles Sturt during his expedition of 1844.[4] Mount Gipps was the first established station in the Barrier Range area and one of the first west of the Darling River.[1]

The run was taken up in 1866 by McCredie and Cunningham who occupied an area of 1,400 square miles (3,626 km2) including an outstation at Stephens Creek; the pair later sold it to James McCulloch and Robert Sellar. James McCulloch's cousin, George McCulloch, later became manager and was given a 2/16 share in the Mount Gipps Pastoral and Mineral Company; amongst his employees was a young Sidney Kidman who was employed at Mount Gipps as a roustabout and bullock driver.[2]

By 1877 the property encompassed about 540,000 acres (218,530 ha) and supported a flock of 71,000 sheep.[1]

In 1883 a boundary rider from Mount Gipps named Charles Rasp discovered outcrops of mineralization on the property at Broken Hill in the Barrier Range, and with two fellow workers, pegged a claim, then at McCulloch's instigation formed the Syndicate of Seven to peg out a further six claims[5] on what turned out to be one of the world's richest lodes of silver, lead and zinc, forming the company Broken Hill Proprietary Limited.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c "Mount Gipps Station". 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Mount Gipps Station, Cradle of Broken Hill". The Land. Sydney: National Library of Australia. 15 September 1933. p. 3. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Silver city festival". The Australian Women's Weekly. Sydney: National Library of Australia. 1 October 1958. p. 12. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Unincorporated area of NSW Heritage Study – Pastoralism" (PDF). River Junction Research. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 May 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  5. ^ Jill Bowen (1987). Kidman: The Forgotten King. Angus & Robinson. pp. 47–50. ISBN 0207153957. Bowen is dismissive of much of Ion Idriess's reporting.
  6. ^ "Mt Gipps Station". outback NSW. 2013. Archived from the original on 27 July 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013.

Coordinates: 31°37′30″S 141°33′29″E / 31.625°S 141.558°E / -31.625; 141.558