Sport has always been a big item on the Barellan agenda. And that probably goes at least part of the way toward explaining how a slip of a girl, who first picked up a tennis racket as big as herself in this Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area town, should go on to become queen of Wimbledon.
This is staunch Evonne Goolagong country and a main street park bears her name. Goolagong-Cawley learnt the first basic strokes at the local primary school before moving to Sydney for the intensive training that led to her emergence as a champion.
A small attractive village 32km east of Griffith, Barellan’s strong sense of community is reflected in the fact that the town boasts the first Country Women’s Association Hall built in the state. The most impressive structure in this small Riverina town, however, is the Commercial Hotel, a rather grand, two storey structure with an impressive balcony above the wide verandah shading the bars.