Gilgandra is Aboriginal for long water hole, and the traditional custodians of our ancient land describe Gilgandra as being a meeting place between the Wiradjuri, Kamilaroi & Wailwan nations.
Gilgandra is known as the town of windmills, as in times gone by the skyline was dotted with the large steel structures. By the 1950’s there were over 300 windmills pumping water. In 1966 Gilgandra moved to an articulated water system (town water) and with the invention of the water pump, the windmills have slowly disappeared.
The famous 1915 Coo-ee March started from Gilgandra when 25 men set off from Gilgandra to march to Sydney to help in the WW 1 effort.
The aim of the Gilgandra Diggers website is to collect and record stories of the men and women connected to Gilgandra & District who served in WW1. You may also like to visit their Facebook page.
The town was proclaimed in 1888.