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Where is Come By Chance - A Village Town in New South Wales, Australia

Updated on August 2, 2016
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Lady Rain works as a daytime stock trader and writes about crafts and hobbies. She likes to travel when she gets the time off.


A small country town with an unusual name of Come By Chance is situated on the Baradine Creek in northern New South Wales, Australia. With a postcode number 2832, Come By Chance is about 100 kilometres North West of Coonamble in the Walgett Shire and about 250 kilometres from Dubbo in regional New South Wales. The population in Come By Chance was less than 190 in the 2006 census.

More than a century ago, the area used to be a meeting place for station owners. In 1862, George and William Colless were surprised that they were able to purchase a sheep station in the area. They had thought that the land in the area were no longer available because it was all allocated and sold. They decided to name their property Come By Chance Station.

After the Colless family settled in the area, they also owned many other blocks of buildings including the post office, a hotel, a police station, a blacksmith shop and even the cemetery. The village was later named after the Colless' sheep station. At one stage, Come By Chance was even believed to be the only privately owned village in the Southern Hemisphere.

The people who lived in Come By Chance owned stations and horses. As a result, horseracing began in 1947 and it became a yearly event. Since then, the Come By Chance Picnic Race Club has been hosting the races every year in September. The Come By Chance Picnic Races are now held at the Glenada Racecourse. Thousands of spectators from the neighbouring towns flock to Come By Chance to attend this famous event every year. There are lots of other entertainment and activities for adults and children on horseracing day.

Despite being a quiet small town in the outback and almost unknown to the rest of the world, Come By Chance was mentioned by Australian poet Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson in one of his bush poems:

"But my languid mood forsook me when I found a name that took me;

Quite by chance I came across it - 'Come by Chance' was what I read"

Where in the World is Come By Chance

A markerCome By Chance -
Come By Chance NSW 2832, Australia
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    • lady rain profile image

      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      Sharon, I like visiting small towns like this as there is always something interesting or unique about these places. Thank you for stopping by and leaving comment.

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      aboutaustralia 5 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      Weird and wonderful place names never cease to amaze me! We have come across some interesting ones in our travels around the country too. Enjoyed reading about the history of this little town, thanks. Sharon

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      lady rain 6 years ago from Australia

      Hi ByChanceTV, you made me smile! Thanks for stopping here by chance. Cheers!

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      ByChanceTV 6 years ago

      Well isn't that ironic - I should Go There..!