Bingara

Bingara is a small township on the Gwydir River. It lies geographically in the centre of the northern inland, North-West region of New South Wales and is renowned for its mountains, river and rich farming land.

The Kamilaroi made the area their own, naming it ‘Bingara’ meaning ‘shallow crossing’, and the town today sits where Allan Cunningham crossed the Gwydir River in 1827.

By Australian standards, Bingara is a town with a long history.  Its fabric has been forged through drought, a succession of wars and fluctuating cattle prices. Yet over time Bingara and her people have developed a regard for their arts, theatre and culture – as anyone who visits the Roxy Theatre or Bingara’s annual Orange Festival will attest.

The Bingara geo-locative Soundtrail is the latest creative notch in the belt for a town that continues to adapt and grow. This Bingara Soundtrail is underpinned by extensive research and community goodwill and has support from far and wide.  From the Greek café owners to the kids on the river or the extraordinary veteran stories down Finch Street, the Bingara audio walk is a sonic tour-de-force with stories for everyone.

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Credits and Contributors

All Things Weddings Russell Reading. Original music by Rick Hutton. Thanks to Bingara Historic Society for use of the book. Ashtons Circus Pat Brown, Rick & July Wooley. Bateman House Fire Susanne Hughes. Archival footage: Len Payne and Bill Velokous. Bateman Journal Pat Tattum, Terry Tattum, Joe Bateman, Hamish Sewell & Carmen Southwell. Original composition by Rob Davidson, Topology. Brian Hughes Brian Hughes. Music: Bombs Away by Saharah Beck in The Soldiers Wife. Charlie’s Bones Bob Kirk. Song and music by Rick Hutton. Comfort Fund Jean O'Brien and Joan Bull. Granny Was A Swimmer Poem by Don Whiteman, reading by Steve Weis. Music by Mal Webb. Seeing off her Brother Joan Bull. War Letter Historical Society, Jane Connolly, Carmen Southwell, Jean Robinson. Original composition by Rob Davidson, Topology. War Letters Found on Way to School Jean O'Brien. Lockup Bob Kirk. Original Composition by Saul Standerwick. Navy Tunics Jean O'Brien. Orange Police Alan Mitchell, Nicole Galvin and the students of Bingara Central School. Orange Tree History ‘Oranges Everywhere’ by Rick Hutton and performed by the students of Bingara Central School. Bugle by Sam Kennedy. Alan Mitchell, Nicole Galvin, Kristy Johnson, Kathy Groth, and the students of Bingara Central School. Pat Brown Pat Brown. Roxy Theatre Peter Prineas. Reading by Rick Hutton. Walter Wearne John Wearne.

Hidden Soundfields

Tell Her I'm OK Poem found in Bateman Journal. Music created and performed by Jamie Wilson. Gwydir River Blues John Bancroft and band and students from Bingara Central School. Charlie’s Bones Original music by Rick Hutton. Soundfield on Finch Street Rob Davidson, Topology.