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Population:

About 8793 in the Glen Innes Severn Council area.  (2006 census)

Location:

Strategically at the intersection of the New England and the Gwydir highways.

Height above sea level:

1072 metres in Glen Innes, with nearby hills rising to 1500m at Ben Lomond and in the Deepwater district.  Glen Innes is the highest large town in Australia.

Annual rainfall:

750mm-850mm.  More towards the coast and less towards the west.

Temperature:

Summer minimum is 12.5 C, and maximum is 26 C; Winter minimum 1C, the maximum is 13.5C.

Industries:

Wool, sheep, cattle, agriculture, viticulture, sapphires and tourism.

History:

Scot Archibald Boyd was the district’s first settler.  He was guided by bearded stockmen William Chandler and John Duval, both celebrated in the Land of the Beardies Festival and Land of the Beardies History House Museum.

The town was gazetted in 1852