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GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES REGISTER EXTRACT
22nd November 2018
Reference:   14024
Placename:   Coonabarabran
Designation:   Locality
Status:   Assigned 18th September 1992
Previous Name:   Coonabarrabran
GNB File:   GNB164,3754
LGA:   Warrumbungle
Approx. AGD66 Lat:   -31 16 00
Approx. AGD66 Long:   149 16 00
Approx. GDA94 Lat:   -31 15 54
Approx. GDA94 Long:   149 16 04
Topographic Map:   Coonabarabran
1:100000 Map:   Coonabarabran 8735
Parish:   Coonabarabran
County:   Gowen
Description:   A town of on the Castlereagh River and in the Warrumbungle Mountains. It is 465 km from Sydney having good road, rail and air facilities. It is near the Warrumbungle National Park. Boundaries within the Coonabarabran Council area shown on map GNB3754.
Meaning:   Probably derived from Kamilaroi 'gunbaraaybaa' meaning 'shit'. A mean- ing recorded earlier, 'peculiar odour', was presumably a bowdlerisat- ion. (Appleton; 1992).
Origin:   Coonabarabran - Aboriginal (From Place Names of N.S.W. their origins & Meanings by A.W. Reed) Inquisitive person. In the form Coolabarabran it was the name of a station owned by James Weston in 1848. The Local contraction is 'The Bran'.
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