Candelo NSW, 2550
Phone : 02-6493-2244
Fax : 02-6493-2193
An attractive and historically significant village.
Candelo, 451 km south of Sydney via the Princes Highway and 22 km southwest of Bega, is a tiny but charming village that has been designated an urban conservation area. Its old, attractive, timber buildings with their shady verandahs invite a leisurely stroll through the town’s tranquil atmosphere and turn-of-the-century charm.
Candelo was originally part of the land owned by the Imlay Brothers from the 1830s which passed to the Walker Brothers when the Imlays encountered hard times the following decade. It was sold to the Twofold Bay Pastoral Association in the 1852. The village developed in the 1860s to serve as a centre for both the through-trade, at what was something of a junction of roadways, and for the independent farmers who moved there after free selection became law in an 1861 Land Act.
St Peter’s Anglican Church
Most notable among Candelo’s buildings is St Peter’s Anglican Church (1906), designed by the Blacket brothers, Edmund being a noted ecclesiastical architect responsible for a number of churches in the Sydney region and for some of the work at the University of Sydney, notably the Great Hall.
If you turn into Eden St it will take you to historic ‘Rosemont’. Formerly a convent it is now a private residence.
The Candelo Police Station today. This building was built in the late 1800’s and was the Local Court House and Police Station for the surrounding towns and areas. Today it is home for Sen Con Grant Beasley and his wife, the Police Station at one end, home the other end. The station end is shown above.
Below is a picture taken in the late 1800’s of the front of the Court House, (now the living quarters). This building has 15 foot ceilings and a front door around 10 foot high. In this photo you can see the Police Officer in the front yard on your left, note the old type uniform and hat.
Take a look back in time and see what Candelo’s main street looked like then. If you have ever been to Candelo, you will see that nothing much has changed since then……the buildings are still there today, and in place of the dirt road, there is tar.
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Calling the Police
There still seems to be some misconception about contacting local police.
If there is an emergency which requires police attendance, ring 000.
If you wish to speak with local police and it is not an emergency but requires their attendance, ring the local police station. If unattended, your call will be diverted to Warilla. Inform Warilla of the situation and they will direct local police to you. If it is not an emergency and does not require police attendance, leave a message and local police will return your call.
If you attend the local police station and police are absent, then you can contact Warilla by using the door phone at the front of the station and police will be directed to you.