Blackwood, Victoria

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Blackwood
Victoria
BlackwoodMainStreet2.JPG
Main street
Blackwood is located in Shire of Moorabool
Blackwood
Blackwood
Coordinates 37°28′S 144°18′E / 37.467°S 144.300°E / -37.467; 144.300Coordinates: 37°28′S 144°18′E / 37.467°S 144.300°E / -37.467; 144.300
Population 235 (2006)[1]
Established 1855
Postcode(s) 3458
Elevation 560 m (1,837 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Moorabool
State electorate(s) Melton
Federal Division(s) Ballarat
Localities around Blackwood:
Bullarto South
Newbury
Barrys Reef Lerderderg
Blakeville Blackwood Greendale
Colbrook
Ballan
Greendale Dales Creek

Blackwood is a town in Victoria, Australia. The town is located on the Lerderderg River, 89 kilometres north west of the state capital, Melbourne. Blackwood is in the Shire of Moorabool local government area and had a population of 235 at the 2006 census.[1]

The town was founded in 1855 during the Victorian gold rush and at one stage had a population of around 13,000 prospectors. The Post Office opened on 22 September 1855 and was known as Mount Blackwood until 1921.[2]

Attractions include the Lerderderg State Park and Wombat State Forest, a mineral spring, miners' cottages from the 1860s and Mount Blackwood, an extinct volcano offering panoramic views of the surrounding area. The remnants of Wheeler's Tramway, a former Blackwood sawmill tramway in the Wombat State Forest, are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register for their archaeological significance.[3]

A miner's cottage in Blackwood

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Blackwood (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  3. ^ "Wheeler's Tramway (H2015)". Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 


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