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Baryulgil is a rural locality in north-eastern New South Wales, Australia. The locality is on the Clarence River in the Clarence Valley Council local government area. It is the birthplace of Australian cricketer Jack Marsh and former boxer Tony Mundine.

The village of Baryulgil, sometimes locally referred to as "The Square", is situated on The Clarence Way, a scenic road between Tabulam and Copmanhurst. The village is situated a short distance from the Clarence River.

Baryulgil Post Office opened on 1 January 1896 and closed in 1991. According to the Geographical Names Board the name is Aboriginal for a species of large lizard, although it is also "apparently a corruption of 'Yulgilbar' the name of Edwards Ogelvie's* run". Baryulgil is in Yulgilbar parish of Drake County.

The village has a small public primary and infants school that serves the local area.

Historically, other than agriculture, asbestos mining had been the most important industry in the Baryulgil area. The Baryulgil asbestos mine closed in the 1979 and it has since shown that the mine and its related operations had and remains too have a major adverse impact on the health of the inhabitants, with 20% of the population expected to contract Mesothelioma. The impacts of asbestos on health to the Baryulgil community were documented by Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalist Matt Peacock in his book Killer Company and telemovie Devil's Dust.

A number of other sources spell the name, Edward Ogilvie.

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