A History of Narromine and District by Philip K. King
Published by Timbrebongie Shire Council and Narromine Municipal Council - July 1980.
This book deals briefly with the early explorers who were in this locality several years after Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson crossed the Blue Mountains. John Oxley was the first, ten years later Charles Sturt, five years later Thomas Mitchell, they were all sent to this area to discover where the waters of the rivers ran. It was suspected that there was an inland sea.
William Charles Wentworth, whose stockman had closely followed the explorers, was granted a licence to depasture stock on 14th January 1837. Other stations were taken up locally such as Burroway, Timbrebungan, Euromedas, as well as Narramine.
Cattle were run here in the early days, followed by sheep as the properties were subdivided, and an influx of new settlers arrived.
Several years after William O'Neill arrived, the main Western Railway line was extended from Dubbo to Bourke, and created an avenue for the disposal and transport of wheat, which immediately became a popular and lucrative commodity, resulting in large areas being grown and Narromine district becoming well known.
As new settlers arrived, the town grew, and the usual amenities were provided with all types of sporting facilities being available.
With the irrigation waters from the Burrendong Dam being utilised, various crops unheard of on dry land are being grown at a profit, as well as citrus.
The First Cross Lamb Breeders' Association was formed some years ago and three sales are held yearly and buyers come from the three eastern States.
They often fly here, and land on the Aerodrome that was Mack's wheat paddock in 1920 when Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith were here, later used as a Elementary Flying Training School, and between both World Wars welcomed most of the leading airmen and airwomen in the world. It is now being used as a Gliding Club and Soaring Centre.
The book continues to detail information on;
- Early exploration
- Early settlement
- Narromine's early days by F. M. Mack
- Articles on early settlement
- Wheat and Citrus
- Narromine Village
- Railway, Post Offices and Public School
- Retail stores - Kieraths and Western Stores
- Local Government - Narromine Municipal Council
- Local Government - Shire of Timbrebongie
- Burrendong Dam
- Medical Services
- Natural Disasters
- Narromine Fire Brigade
- Land subdivisions
- Amenities including the Narromine and Trangie War Memorial Baths
- Narromine R.S.L
- Aviation in Narromine
- Pastoral Pursuits
- Service Clubs
- Sporting Clubs
- Characters and Personalities
- Identities of Narromine and District
- Bushrangers at Narromine
- The Moss Murders