Avenel, Victoria

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Main street
Avenel is located in Shire of Strathbogie
Location in Shire of Strathbogie
Coordinates 36°54′S 145°14′E / 36.900°S 145.233°E / -36.900; 145.233Coordinates: 36°54′S 145°14′E / 36.900°S 145.233°E / -36.900; 145.233
Population 728 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 3664
LGA(s) Shire of Strathbogie
State electorate(s) Benalla
Federal Division(s) Murray
Localities around Avenel:
Nagambie Ruffy Ruffy
Seymour Avenel Ruffy
Seymour Whiteheads Creek Killingworth

Avenel is a small town in Victoria, Australia. It is in the Shire of Strathbogie local government area. At the 2006 census, Avenel had a population of 728, up from 552 in the 2001 Census.[1][1]

Royal Mail Hotel, built in 1847


The town was established along the old Hume Highway and the highway now bypasses the outskirts of the town. The Post Office opened on 2 June 1858.[2] It is frequently stated as having been named for a village in Gloucestershire by Henry Kent Hughes. The name "Avenel" also appears in Sir Walter Scott's Tales from Benedictine Sources: The Monastery (1820) and The Abbot (1820) as the name of a castle and family. Hughes settled there in 1838, laid out the future town, and named the Hughes Creek, which flows through it.[3]

Avenel was the hometown of Ned Kelly in his younger years, where he saved a boy from drowning in the local Hughes Creek. His brother and father are buried in the Avenel cemetery. Ned Kelly and his family went to school here in Avenel and then later left.


The town is home to many organisations including sporting clubs such as the Avenel Football Club competing in the Kyabram District Football League,[4] Avenel Netball Club, Avenel Tennis Club, Avenel Cricket Club and the Avenel Bowling Club.

Golfers play at the Avenel Golf Club on Bank Street.[5]

The railway station is serviced by V/Line services between Melbourne and Albury.

See also[edit]

Avenel railway station, Victoria


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Avenel (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-05-16. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  3. ^ James Smith (editor) The cyclopedia of Victoria (illustrated): an historical and commercial review, descriptive and biographical, facts, figures and illustrations : an epitome of progress, Volume 3. Cyclopedia Co., 1905. p.447
  4. ^ Full Points Footy, Avenel, retrieved 2009-04-15 
  5. ^ Golf Select, Avenel, retrieved 2009-05-11