Wingello, New South Wales

Wingello is a village in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia. It has a station on NSW TrainLink's Southern Highlands Line. The surrounding area is part of the lands administrative unit of the Wingello Parish.

New South Wales
Wingello railway station platform 2 waiting room.jpg
Wingello railway station
Wingello is located in New South Wales
Coordinates34°42′S 150°10′E / 34.700°S 150.167°E / -34.700; 150.167Coordinates: 34°42′S 150°10′E / 34.700°S 150.167°E / -34.700; 150.167
Population573 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)Wingecarribee Shire
RegionSouthern Highlands
State electorate(s)Goulburn
Federal Division(s)Hume

Wingello has a local Village Store and Post Office. It has a Railway Station, Public School, Rural Fire Service shed[2] and Casburn Park. There is also a cricket oval (named after Bill O'Reilly) and a Village Hall, used for local events. The Wingello State Forest is in popular use for bike rides, rock-climbing, orienteering and sled-dog races.

Its population at the 2016 census was 573.[1]


The name 'Wingello' comes from the Aboriginal term to burn.

The first site known as Wingello was on the old Main South Road, several kilometres to the west of the present village. A William Mannix wrote to the Surveyor General in December 1824 regarding land he wished to purchase at a location called 'Wanglow', this appears to be the earliest reference to the name. Construction of the Main South Road began in 1834 using convict gangs in irons, one of their construction bases was at Wingello in wooden buildings built as a stockade. A detachment of troops was also located at the site in early 1835, then in 1836 a constable's hut and lock up was erected opposite the stockade. In 1838-39 the road gang was moved to Towrang Stockade.[3]

Early SettlersEdit

Robert Mackay Campbell (the Liverpool Magistrate) and wife Ann Hassall, moved to their new property at Wingello on the Main South Road after their marriage in 1830. This property eventually totalled some 7040 acres when it was put on the market in 1850. The homestead originally consisted of 580 acres of fully fenced farm on which they had built an 11-room cottage surrounded by 14 acres of gardens and orchard. Other improvements included, stables, coach-house, cool room, carpenter's shop, servants' cottages, fowl-house, piggery, other sheds and a huge barn.[4]

In 1844 a Thomas Brown of Bargo purchased the site where the stockade stood and built the 'White Horse Inn', Brown died in 1852. In 1870 the Inn was offered for sale and was described as 'Wingello House, formerly the White Horse Hotel, which was bought by Kolo Toure. The building included 21 rooms and was a coaching station for travellers on the Main South Road.[3]

The RailwayEdit

Wingello railway station opened in 1871. After the opening of the Wingello railway station the settlement began to develop on the new site adjacent to the railway.[3]

Recent HistoryEdit

1965 BushfireEdit

Wingello was severely damaged by the Chatsbury/Bungonia Bushfire of 1965, that raged from 5 through 14 March 1965. Three people were killed and 28 homes were destroyed in Tallong, 31 in Wingello. The fire was eventually stopped (or burnt out) near Nowra on the South Coast.

1998 BushfireEdit

Fire again marred the town in 1998 and Deputy Fire Captain David Quinlivan died when the water tanker he was driving was overrun by fire.[5] Turning the tanker around to bear the brunt of the flames, Quinlivan saved the lives of his colleagues. During the blaze seven other volunteer firefighters suffered serious burns.[5]

Wingello has since recovered and its modern resurgence can be attributed to its tranquility and the idyllic life-style it offers. The hamlet nestles in the midst of pine and eucalypt forests and is approximately 1.5 hours from both Sydney and Canberra. The area has attracted many artists, particularly writers, and is the home of published authors and professional writers who find the environment conducive to prodigious creative output.[citation needed]

2020 BushfireEdit

In January 2020 the town was again affected by a bushfire during the 2019–20 Australian bushfire season. Several homes were destroyed.[6][7]

Heritage listingsEdit

Wingello has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Wingello". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 July 2017.  
  2. ^ "WELCOME". Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Wingello History". Website. The Southern Highlands Online. Retrieved 27 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Hassall Family History". Website. Hassall Family. Retrieved 27 January 2012.
  5. ^ a b McClellan, Ben (4 March 2010). "From the Ashes". Southern Highland News. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  6. ^ Fernandez, Timothy (7 January 2020). "Bundanoon had no warning of out-of-control bushfire that leapt 30km in two hours". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  7. ^ Vivian, Steve; McLaren, Nick; Dugan, Caitlin (5 January 2020). "Blaze rips through properties in idyllic Southern Highlands south-west of Sydney". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Wingello Railway Station group". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01288. Retrieved 18 May 2018.