Riddells Creek

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Riddells Creek
Victoria
Riddells Creek2.jpg
Riddells Creek seen from the air
Riddells Creek is located in Shire of Macedon Ranges
Riddells Creek
Riddells Creek
Coordinates 37°28′S 144°41′E / 37.467°S 144.683°E / -37.467; 144.683Coordinates: 37°28′S 144°41′E / 37.467°S 144.683°E / -37.467; 144.683
Population 3,753 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3431
Elevation 385 m (1,263 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Macedon Ranges
State electorate(s) Macedon
Federal Division(s) McEwen
Localities around Riddells Creek:
Mount Macedon
Macedon
Cherokee
Kerrie
Monegeetta
New Gisborne
Gisborne
Riddells Creek Bolinda
Gisborne Sunbury Clarkefield

Riddells Creek /ˈrɪdəlz ˈkrk/ is a town in Victoria, Australia, located in the Shire of Macedon Ranges. Riddells Creek is also the name of the main watercourse which flows through the township, and which is a tributary of Jacksons Creek to the south. The town is served by Riddells Creek railway station on the Bendigo line. At the 2011 census, Riddells Creek had a population of 3,753.[1]

History[edit]

Riddells Creek was originally settled by John Carre Riddell and Thomas Ferrier Hamilton in 1841, when they purchased around 640 acres (260 ha) of land and leased another 2,000 acres (810 ha). The road between New Gisborne and Riddells Creek is named Hamilton Road after Thomas Hamilton.

Riddells Creek Post Office opened on 1 February 1859.[2]

Environment and facilities[edit]

Riddells Creek is on the southern foothills of the Macedon Ranges. Riddells Creek is home to two historic railway bridges and is surrounded by natural bushland. There is also a small creek that runs through the town at Wybejong Park.

Riddells Creek Primary School provides education for children in the area. Sporting and clubs in Riddells Creek include a Pony Club, Riddells Junior Basketball Association, Riddell Football Club, Cricket Club and Dog Obedience Club. There is also a Living and Learning Centre, the Riddells Creek Winery and Riddells Creek Landcare.

Riddells Creek is home to the Dromkeen Museum, a nineteenth century homestead classified by the National Trust of Australia that is home to the Australian Children's Literature Collection. It also provides educational displays and programs relating to Australian children's literature.[3]

To the east of Riddells Creek, adjacent to the Mount Charlie State Forest, the 74-hectare (180-acre) Rowallan Recreation and Adventure Camp is owned by the Scouts and Guides of Essendon Area. It is named after Lord Rowallan and opened in 1950.[4]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Riddells Creek, Vic(SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2012-10-24. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 11 April.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ "A Visit to Dromkeen". Scholastic Australia. Retrieved 5 April 2008. 
  4. ^ http://www.rowallan.org.au/history.php

External links[edit]

Media related to Riddells Creek, Victoria at Wikimedia Commons