Kelso is a suburb of Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia, in the Bathurst Regional Council area.


Kelso was the original European settlement in the area. In 1816, the initial settlement of Bathurst was established on the eastern banks of the Macquarie River, in current-day Kelso. The first ten farmers in Kelso were each given 50 acres (20 ha); five were newborn colonials and five were immigrants.[2]

Heritage listings

Kelso has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Church was the first inland church in Australia. It was built in 1835 to serve the Anglican parish of Kelso. It was the first Australian church consecrated by a bishop. The church has a close association with early settlement west of the Great Dividing Range. The church is surrounded by an historical cemetery, which contains many of the Kelso/Bathurst district's pioneers.[4]


Opening in 1976 and formally known as Kelso High School, the Kelso High Campus makes up the Denison College of Secondary Education along with Bathurst High Campus.

Former station

Kelso previously had a railway station on the Main Western line. It opened on 4 February 1875 and was closed on 6 April 1975. It is now served by coach services.

Preceding station Former Services Following station
towards Bourke
Main Western Line Raglan
towards Sydney


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Kelso (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 September 2020. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "New South Wales GenWeb Project". Archived from the original on 27 June 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Holy Trinity Anglican Church Group". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01852. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Holy Trinity Church and Cemetery". Heritage Branch. 20 December 2005. Retrieved 25 March 2010.

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