Black Spur Inn at Narbethong
|Elevation||360 m (1,181 ft)|
|Location||87 km (54 mi) NE of Melbourne|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Murrindindi|
Narbethong is a town in central Victoria, Australia. The town is located on the Maroondah Highway, 87 kilometres (54 mi) north east of the state capital, Melbourne. At the 2006 census, Narbethong and the surrounding area had a population of 280.
Narbethong was first settled in about 1865 by Frederick Fisher.:6 Fisher built a 12 room hotel at Narbethong, the Black Spur Inn, on the road which was being built to link Melbourne with the new goldfield at Woods Point. Fisher came from the town of Narberth in Wales, so it is possible that the name Narbethong was based on that.:7 There are also claims that Narbethong is an Aboriginal word meaning cheerful, or a cheerful place.:8
Narbethong Post Office opened on 16 October 1883 in a small room at the hotel.:9 About 1886 the post office moved from the hotel into a small building. The telegraph service was connected to Narbethong in 1891.:11 The wires were strung along fences and attached to trees. In 1939 the post office building which was part of a store and petrol station was completely destroyed by bushfire. The Post Office closed in 1993.
A primary school opened in Narbethong on 7 July 1903.:12 It originally was part-time sharing a teacher with Marysville and Buxton.:12 In 1913, the Healesville health officer reported that a lack of ventilation made the building a health hazard for students and teachers. A new school building was officially opened by Lord Huntingfield, the Governor of Victoria, on 9 April 1937.
Narbethong was again severely impacted in the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009. In 2011, a new public hall was built using local timbers, with the whole building being wrapped in a bronze mesh fire resistant screen. It was officially opened on the 26 November 2011 by the Governor of Victoria, Alex Chernov.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Narbethong (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2009-02-08.
- Waghorn, John F. (1983). Narbethong Post Office Centenary 1883-1983. Thomastown, Victoria: John F. Waghorn. ISBN 0959203907.
- "AERIAL EYE FOR FOREST GUARDIANS.". The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954) (Brisbane, Qld.: National Library of Australia). 17 January 1939. p. 8. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
- Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 2008-04-11.
- "Narbethong State School". Healesville and Yarra Glen Guardian (Vic. : 1900 - 1942) (Vic.: National Library of Australia). 12 May 1917. p. 2. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
- "Unhealthy school building". The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) (Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia). 29 April 1913. p. 10. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
- "Boy welcomes Governor". The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) (Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia). 9 April 1937. p. 7. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
- "Black Friday - newspaper reports - The Age - 11/01/39 Township Gutted – Narbethong ablaze". abc.net.au. 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
- "Wiped out: Towns destroyed by killer fires". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2009-02-07.
- "Narbethong hall rebuilt bushfire-resistant following Black Saturday". bpn.com.au. 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
- "Narbethong Community Hall". narbethonghall.org.au. 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
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- "Narbethong climate - site name: TOOLANGI (MOUNT ST LEONARD DPI)". Bureau of Meteorolgy. Australian Government. Retrieved 28 Feb 2009.
- Narbethong Post Office, 1901 - photograph
- Narbethong Post Office 1925 photograph
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