Banjo Paterson, the Australian bush poet most famous for penning 'Waltzing Matilda' immortalised this locality in a poem:
"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…"
With a population of just 111 at the 2011 census, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Come By Chance was named when, in 1862, George and William Colless bought a sheep farm in the area, and called it by that name after their great surprise at being able to actually buy something, anything, in the remote area. The town was eventually called after the sheep station.
Come-by-Chance is located about 100 kilometres north west of Coonamble in the Walgett Shire, and about 250 kilometers from Dubbo.
Visit the cemetery in Come-by-Chance - a must for every family historian.
Each year, the tiny settlement hosts its famous picnic races – but you'll have to take a drive up to Come By Chance to see what that entails.