Byaduk, Victoria

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Byaduk
Victoria
20090926 Volcanic Blister (Tumulus) - Byaduk - Victoria - Australia.JPG
Tumuli - lava blisters
Byaduk is located in Shire of Southern Grampians
Byaduk
Byaduk
Coordinates 37°57′S 141°58′E / 37.950°S 141.967°E / -37.950; 141.967Coordinates: 37°57′S 141°58′E / 37.950°S 141.967°E / -37.950; 141.967
Postcode(s) 3301
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Southern Grampians
State electorate(s) Lowan
Federal Division(s) Wannon

Byaduk is a township in the Shire of Southern Grampians in the Western District of Victoria, Australia. European settlement began around 1853 by Wendish or Sorbian Lutheran immigrants who gave it the name Neukirch after the town in Saxony.[1]

The township was settled in the early 1860s, and named Byaduk, an aboriginal word apparently meaning "stone tomahawk". The Post Office opened on 1 August 1863.[2]

The Byaduk Caves, lava tubes from the volcanic eruption of Mount Napier, are nearby. You can also see extensive views of the lava flow at Harmans Valley and the tumuli lava blisters off Old Crushers Road.

Harmans Valley to Mount Napier

Sergeant Simon Fraser, 57th Battalion, (a farmer from Byaduk) is honoured by a 1998 sculpture by Peter Corlett in the Australian Memorial Park in Fromelles, France[3] and a 2008 replica at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne[4] depicting him rescuing a wounded compatriot from no man's land after the Battle of Fromelles in 1916.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Andy Falkenberg, Byaduk, archived from the original on 2009-08-06, retrieved 2008-05-23 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  3. ^ Department of Veteran's Affairs and Board of Studies NSW - Fromelles
  4. ^ McMullin, Ross (16 July 2007). "After 92 years, cobbers stand tall at the Shrine". The Age. Retrieved 2007-07-17.