Place:Come-by-Chance, New South Wales, Australia


Located inNew South Wales, Australia

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Come By Chance is a locality in the Pilliga district of northern New South Wales, Australia. It is located about north of Coonabarabran in the Walgett Shire. At the 2006 census, Come By Chance had a population of 187.

George and William Colless purchased a sheep station in the area, naming it "Come by Chance" to reflect their surprise at being able to make such a purchase in this area. The town was later named after this property. Each year it attracts several thousand spectators to the Come-By-Chance Picnic Race Meeting.

The town features in Banjo Paterson's wistful ballad Come-by-Chance:

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;
No location was assigned it, not a thing to help one find it,
Just an N which stood for northward, and the rest was all unsaid.

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