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Cullen Bullen *

Is a small village located on the Castlereagh Highway between Lithgow and Capertee. Cullen Bullen Railway Station opened as Carsons Siding on 1st May 1889 and closed on 6th March 1976. School opened in December 1875. Hoddle's diary, 13th February 1825, states,"I have stopt at Messrs. Robt. and Lawrence Dalhunty's from Bath (their grant was called by the natives Cullen Bullen). Living in a cottage made of turf ......are now living romantically, shepherd like."   Ref: Colville, Berres Hoddle. Robert Hoddle Pioneer Surveyor 1794-1881, 2004, p. 74. Robert Venour Dulhunty (1802-1853) with his brother Lawrence arrived in Sydney in March 1824. Robert applied for a grant of land on the 23rd March 1824. This grant of 2000ac was selected and called Cullen Bullen. An 1828 census recorded that he had cleared 500ac and owned 75 cattle and 600 sheep. Ref: Dulhunty Papers. The Australian, 5th May 1837 records the marriage of Robert Dulhunty of Cullen Bullen to Eliza Julia Gibbs. Cullen Bullen is shown on Mitchell, Thomas. Map of the Colony of New South Wales, 1834. Both the names Cullen Bullen and Ben Bullen have Aboriginal origins, different suggestions have been put forward for their meanings but as yet there is no substantiation of their exact meanings. Geographical Names Board reference is, "Place where many waters meet or Lyrebird."  This aboriginal name according to Helen Riley, Wiradjuri Elder and Sharon Riley, Wiradjuri representative is named after the Lyre Bird. and that the word Bulla refers to, two. Ref: Oral history 3rd May 2016.

  • Cullen Bullen
Grid Reference:
  • 236 115
Related Names:
  • GOS1.20: Hecates Cauldron
  • GOS2.16: An unnamed tributary of Deanes Creek
  • GOS3.10: Carne Creek Cliffs, Nobles Canyon and the fissures
  • GOS3.11: Carne Creek Cliffs, The Gurgler, Shunt Track, Shunt Pass, The Governor and Michaels Chair
  • GOS3.12: Carne Creek Cliffs Screwdriver pass and the Long Zig Zag Pass
  • GOS3.13: Carne Creek Cliffs, Joseph Creek and Murrays Line
  • GOS3.14: Carne Creek Cliffs, Camp Creek, the Dung Cave and more
  • GOS3.15: Carne Creek Cliffs and Lurline Jack Lookout
  • GOS3.16: Carne Creek Cliffs, Felt Fern Canyon and Pyramid Rocks
  • GOS3.17: Rock Island
  • GOS3.19: The Rain Cave and Joseph Creek
  • GOS3.20: Unnamed tributary of Deanes Creek
  • GOS5.04: Tara Slot
  • GOS5.05: Exploring Cape Horn
  • GOS5.06: Subsidence fractures, Ben Bullen State Forest
  • GOS5.07: Under Skittle Row
  • GOS5.08: Exploring Skittle Row
  • GOS5.09: Tyldesley Hill
  • GOS5.10: Tyldesley Grikes
  • GOS5.11: Cullen Bullen Cemetery to Wolgan Gap
  • GOS5.12: Wolgan Gap Trig
  • GOS5.13: Wolgan Gap cliff line
  • GOS5.14: From Heaven to Hell and back
  • GOS5.15: Arwens Pathway
  • GOS5.16: Four Level Cave
  • GOS5.17: Signature Cave
  • GOS5.18: Pegasus Rock to Invincible Trig
  • GOS5.19: Neubecks Creek and Alois Creek
  • GOS5.20: Alois Spur
  • GOS5.21: Long Swamp
  • GOS5.22: Ben Bullen Pillars
  • GOS5.23: Blackfellows Hand Rock
  • GOS5.24: Lambs and Kangaroo Creeks ridge line
  • GOS5.25: Aboriginal art caves
  • GOS5.26: Lambs Creek and Kangaroo Creek
  • GOS6.01: The Temples of Doom
  • GOS6.02: Last Crusade Point and Holy Grail Ravine
  • GOS6.03: Indiana Gorge and Indiana Slot
  • GOS6.04: Spanish Steps to the Wolgan Falls
  • GOS6.05: Wolgan Falls
  • GOS6.06: Cliff Lines above the Wolgan River
  • GOS6.07: Cape Pinnacle
  • GOS6.08: Rockflower Ridge and Creek
  • GOS6.09: Sunnyside Cliffs and Bushrangers Creek
  • GOS6.10: Sunnyside Canyon and Ravines
  • GOS6.11: Flat Bottom Creek
  • GOS6.12: Donkey View Pass
  • GOS6.13: Sunnyside Gully
  • GOS6.14: Sunnyside Point and Wolgan Pinnacle
  • GOS6.15: Western side of Endorphin Gully
  • GOS6.16: Endorphin Slot and Gully
  • GOS6.17: Infinity Caves
  • GOS6.18: Adrenalin Gorges
  • GOS6.19: Adrenalin Ledge Traverse
  • GOS6.20: Eastern side of Adrenalin Creek
  • GOS6.21: Adrenalin and Thom Slots, plus Pleasant View Canyon
  • GOS6.22: Zorro Canyon, Rapier and Bullwhip Slots
  • GOS6.23: Pyramid Pass to Zorro Pass
  • GOS6.24: Window in the Sky Ravine and Striolata Ravine
  • GOS6.25: Sinusoidal Ravine and cliffs above Carne Creek
  • GOS6.26: Birds Rock Creek
  • GOS6.27: Carne Creek and Glory Box
  • GOS6.28: Silkpod Point and Silkpod Gorge
  • GOS6.29: Wild Gorge and Pinch Point Circle
  • GOS6.30: Convolution Creek and Tagine Point
  • GOS6.31: Gang Gang Creek and Canyon
  • GOS6.32: Gang Gang Playground
  • GOS6.33: Devils Throuat and the cliffs of East Creek
  • GOS6.34: Caves of Carne Creek and Pyramid Rocks
  • GOS7.04: Clerestory Spurs No. 1 and No. 2
  • GOS7.08: Pagodas south of Angus Place Trail
  • GOS7.10: Upper Wolgan River
  • GOS7.11: Wolgan River bends above Wolgan Falls
 - Cullen Bullen

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