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GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES REGISTER EXTRACT
22nd October 2018
Reference:   72847
Placename:   Cobar
Designation:   Town
Status:   Assigned 26th April 2002
GNB File:   GNB3268,3748,4780
LGA:   Cobar
Approx. AGD66 Lat:   -31 30 00
Approx. AGD66 Long:   145 50 00
Approx. GDA94 Lat:   -31 29 54
Approx. GDA94 Long:   145 50 04
Topographic Map:   Cobar
1:100000 Map:   Cobar 8035
Parish:   Cobar
County:   Robinson
Description:   A town in central New South Wales located about 100 km N of Nymagee and about 263 km E of Wilcannia.
Meaning:   Cobar: Aboriginal word meaning copper. (ASA Wyalong papers 26 Oct 1899). Also: Probably derived from Ngiyambaa term for 'red och- re'. (Appleton; 1992). Also: 'burnt earth used as a red pigment'. (McCarthy; 1963).
Origin:   Probably Aboriginal, from Coburra, the reddish-coloured burnt earth used in body painting in preparation for corroborees. A.W. Reed suggests that the name may also represent an Aboriginal attempt to pronounce copper.
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