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Warren Historical Timeline

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Discover Warren’s ancient past.

While today a quiet rural town on the banks of the Macquarie River, Warren boasts a rich and extensive history encapsulating indigenous heritage, famous explorers and wild weather.

30,000 years ago:

Archaeological evidence suggests that Aboriginal people have occupied the land for up to 30,000 years. The area covered by the Warren Shire sits at the junction of several Aboriginal nations and language groups: Ngemba; Wongaibon; Wailwan; Waiabara.

1818:

John Oxley and his party explore the region.

1828:

Charles Sturt and his party explore the region.

1830s:

The first settlers move into the area.

1846:

Thomas Mitchell and his party explore the region.

1847:

The first race meeting held about 6km east of Warren.

1861:

Warren is proclaimed a town.

1880:

The first Warren Show is held on 3 May.

1882:

The railway line from Dubbo to Nevertire opened.

1885:

Nevertire is proclaimed a town.

1893:

Collie is proclaimed a village.

1896:

The Nevertire Cyclone destroys most of Nevertire.

1898:

The railway from Nevertire to Warren opens. There were two trains in and out of Warren six days a week.

1899:

The Great Fire destroys two thirds of Warren.

1901:

The population of Warren is 1006, of which 13 per cent are Chinese.

1914-1918:

Three hundred men and two women serve in the First World War. Forty one do not return.

1920-1982:

Aboriginal families live at the Beemunnel Reserve.

1939-1945:

Three hundred and seven men and 16 women serve in the Second World War. Twenty one do not return.

1950-1953:

Three men serve in the Korean War. All return.

1951:

The most destructive bushfire experienced in the district this century occurs.

1955:

The region receives a record flood of ten metres.

1957:

Warren Shire is formed with the amalgamation of Marthaguy and Warren Shires.

1962-1975:

Ten men serve in the Vietnam War. All return.

1988:

Tiger Bay Wetlands opens in Warren.

2011:

Celebrations take place to mark the 150 year anniversary of Warren being gazetted as a town.