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The War Memorial at Collector

Collector is located in New South Wales
Population: 403 [1]
Postcode: 2581
LGA: Upper Lachlan Shire
State District: Burrinjuck
Federal Division: Hume

Collector is a small village on the Federal Highway in New South Wales, Australia halfway between Goulburn and the Australian Capital Territory. It is seven kilometres north of Lake George. At the 2011 census, Collector and the surrounding district had a population of 403 people.[1]


The area was first settled by Europeans in 1829 when Terence Aubrey Murray was granted an area of land in the area in 1829, originally called Old Collector. Murray acquired further land in the area and renamed his property Winderradeen where he built a 12 room house on the land in 1837. At about the same time he also acquired the property of Yarralumla on the Limestone Plains, now Government House.[2] A post office opened at Collector in 1848. The village reportedly is named after the Aboriginal name for the region, colegdar.[3][4] The town was bypassed in June 1988 as part of upgrade works on the Federal Highway, including the construction of a bridge across the Collector Creek floodplain providing all weather access to Canberra.[5] The village has struggled to remain viable, once a convenient stopover for travellers between Sydney and Canberra most of the businesses in town had relied on the passing trade.

The Bushranger Hotel in Collector was the site of a shooting of a Constable Samuel Nelson on 26 Jan 1865, by John Dunn, a member of Ben Hall's gang. A memorial was placed to mark the site of Nelson's grave a century later on 26 January 1965.[4]

Present Day[]

Collector is situated in the Lake George wine region, and several wineries have been established near the village, including Lerida Estate, Lake George Winery and the award winning Collector Wines.[6] The Collector Village Pumpkin Festival has been held annually since 2003. This traditional harvest festival offers market stalls, live music and entertainment, local produce as well as vintage car and farming machinery displays.[7] Collector is increasing in popularity as a commuter town due to its proximity to the larger centres of Goulburn and Canberra, with new residents attracted by the country lifestyle and village atmosphere. There is a small public primary school located in the village, with 28 students enrolled in 2007.[8]

Dreamer's Gate[]

Dreamer's Gate
Artist Tony Phantastes
Year 1993 - 1997
Type Concrete on a chicken wire and wooden frame
Location Collector, New South Wales, Australia

Collector is also famous for the controversial sculpture Dreamers Gate by Tony Phantastes, built between 1993 and 1997 to commemorate, among other things, his father's life. A Gothic structure of cement and chicken wire, the artist and the Gunning Shire Council have been in constant battle regarding the structure since 1999.[9] The plot in which the sculpture stands is now for sale and the sculpture itself under demolition orders.[10]


  1. ^ a b "2011 Census Quickstats: Collector (State Suburb)". Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Wilson, Gwendoline (1967). "Murray, Sir Terence Aubrey (1810 - 1873)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Collector". Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 July 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Collector". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2006. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "National Highway 23". Ozroads website. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Wineries". Canberra District Wine Industry Association. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Collector Village Pumpkin Festival". Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Collector Public School". Department of Education and Communities (New South Wales). 8 November 2007. 
  9. ^ "Dreamers Gate, Church St, Collector (entry AHD102138)". Australian Heritage Database. Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.;place_id=102138. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Costly fight to keep CollectorChr(39)s dreamy sculpture". The Canberra Times. 7 February 2001. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 


  • Exploring the ACT and Southeast New South Wales, J. Kay McDonald, Kangaroo Press, Sydney, 1985 ISBN 0-86417-049-1
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