Mirboo North, Victoria

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Mirboo North
Victoria
Mirboo Bellevue Hotel 1885.jpg
The Mirboo Bellevue Hotel, Store and Post Office ca. 1885-1899
Mirboo North is located in South Gippsland Shire
Mirboo North
Mirboo North
Coordinates 38°24′S 146°09′E / 38.400°S 146.150°E / -38.400; 146.150Coordinates: 38°24′S 146°09′E / 38.400°S 146.150°E / -38.400; 146.150
Population 2,688 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 3871
Location
LGA(s) South Gippsland Shire
County Buln Buln
State electorate(s) Gippsland South
Federal Division(s) Gippsland
Localities around Mirboo North:
Yarragon Thorpdale Yinnar
Korumburra Mirboo North Boolarra
Leongatha Foster Mirboo

Mirboo North is a town in Victoria, Australia, located 155 kilometres (96 mi) east of Melbourne, with a population of 2688.[2] It is in the South Gippsland Shire local government area.

The town is at the start of the Grand Ridge Rail Trail, which travels for 13 km through temperate rainforest and dry sclerophyll forest in the Strzelecki Ranges.

History[edit]

The Mirboo area was settled by timber getters in the late 1870s, attracted particularly by the Mountain Ash. The original railway branch line from Morwell to Mirboo North was completed on 7 January 1886, with the last train being run on 22 June 1974. The railway was constructed through difficult hilly terrain requiring construction of massive embankments and numerous bridges. The convoluted history of the Post Office below demonstrates the attempts to form a viable Mirboo township, culminating in the township of Mirboo North at the railway station becoming predominant.

  • 8/1/1879 Mirboo (1) opened
  • 22/11/1879 Tarwin (1) opened
  • 6/4/1881 Mirboo North (1) renamed from Mirboo, Mirboo (2) renamed from Tarwin
  • 29/6/1885 Mirboo South (1) renamed from Mirboo, Mirboo (3) opened
  • 1/4/1886 Baromi renamed from Mirboo North (closed 1892), Mirboo North (2) renamed from Mirboo (remains open), Mirboo (4) renamed from Mirboo South (closed 1972)
  • 1/5/1888 Mirboo Central opened (closed 1895)
  • c.1902 Russell's (Mirboo South) opened (closed c.1904)

[3]

Mirboo North became the focus of Victorian media on 10 August 2005, when about 15 cm of snow fell. The snow lay around for days.

The Town today[edit]

Mirboo North sits on the Grand Ridge Road, a scenic route running from Seaview (near Warragul) to Carrajung (near Traralgon).

The town has two schools. Mirboo North Secondary College (~450 students) and Mirboo North Primary School.

The town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Mid Gippsland Football League and a cricket team competing in the Central Gippsland Cricket Association.

Golfers play at the course of the Mirboo North Golf Club on Galvins Road.[4]

Correction. The picture of the Mirboo Bellevue Hotel, Store and Post Office although shown here under Mirboo North was not actually in Mirboo North. It was located in Mirboo 10 Kilometres south east of Mirboo North.

Notable people and animals[edit]

  • Belinda Snell (professional basketball player), currently competing in the WNBA for the Phoenix Mercury and a member of the Australian team that won silver at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
  • Sam the Koala found in the forests of Mirboo North, Victoria.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Mirboo North (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  2. ^ Mirboo North profile, accessed 20 July 2007
  3. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  4. ^ Golf Select, Mirboo North, retrieved 2009-05-11