Nerrigundah is a small village on the Eurobodalla Nature Coast in south eastern New South Wales. Situated at the head of the Tuross River Valley, it is nineteen kilometres inland from Bodalla. At the 2016 census, Nerrigundah had a population of 25.[1] The place name is derived from an aboriginal word for 'camp where edible berries grow'.[2]

Nerrigundah and its valley were used as a cattle run by Thomas Mort of Bodalla prior to the discovery of gold on 23 December 1860 by George Cook, Joseph Goodenough and William Crouch. The discovery of gold was recorded at the office of the Gold Commissioner at Braidwood, New South Wales on 2 January 1861.[3]

On 8 April 1866 Nerrigundah was raided by the Clarke brothers, Thomas and John, and their associates. They held up a number of passers-by outside the town at Deep Creek and then attacked the store and hotel. During the raid William Fletcher, a new recruit to the Clarke gang was shot dead as was Trooper Miles O'Grady when he tried to intervene. Trooper O'Grady was buried in Moruya.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Nerrigundah (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 8 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Nerrigundah". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 7 November 2009. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ Burdett, Maureen (1992). Nerrigundah: An Anecdotal History. Nerrigundah Publishing. ISBN 0-646-10963-4.

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