Robinvale

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Robinvale
Victoria
RobinvaleMainStreet.JPG
Perrin Street, the main street of the town
Robinvale is located in Rural City of Swan Hill
Robinvale
Robinvale
Coordinates 34°35′S 142°46′E / 34.583°S 142.767°E / -34.583; 142.767Coordinates: 34°35′S 142°46′E / 34.583°S 142.767°E / -34.583; 142.767
Population 2,134 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3549
Elevation 61 m (200 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Rural City of Swan Hill
State electorate(s) Mildura
Federal Division(s) Mallee
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
24.0 °C
75 °F
9.5 °C
49 °F
310.4 mm
12.2 in
Localities around Robinvale:
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Robinvale Irrigation District Section C Robinvale Irrigation District Section B Robinvale Irrigation District Section B

Robinvale is a town on the south bank of the Murray River in northern Victoria, Australia. It is connected by a bridge to Euston on the other side of the river in New South Wales. At the 2011 census, Robinvale had a population of 2,134.[1]

History[edit]

The town is named in memory of Lieutenant George Robin Cuttle, who was killed in action during air combat over France in 1918. The Post Office opened in 1924 as Bumbang, but was renamed Robinvale in August of that year.[2]

Lock 15 on the Murray River is just downstream of the town providing a pool of irrigation water and ensuring that the river near Robinvale is permanently available for water activities such as water skiing. The weir and lock were completed in 1937, the last one built on the Murray (Locks 12–14 and 16–25 were never built).

The town, fictionalised as "Sunray", was the setting of the 1996 Australian feature film Love Serenade,[3] directed by Shirley Barrett, which won the Caméra d'Or award at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival.

Today[edit]

Robinvale is known for production of grapes, olives, carrots and almonds.

There are many attractions in Robinvale, such as the original home of Robin Cuttle, an antique museum, park, and a caravan park overlooking the Murray River. The river is home to a great array of native birds and fish such as the pelican, swan, perch and the murray cod.

Robinvale is a popular camping area on the Murray.

Robinvale has a rail line that is used seasonally by Pacific National freight trains. V/Line runs coach services to Swan Hill and Mildura, Victoria, connecting with train services to Melbourne at Swan Hill railway station. Robinvale Airport serves the town.

Robinvale and its twin town, Euston is home to an Italian population from the southern region of Calabria in Italy. Many of these people are 2nd and 3rd generation Australians, well integrated to the community.[4] It also has immigrant populations of Tongans and Vietnamese and a significant Aboriginal community.[5]

Twinning[edit]

Robinvale is twinned with the town of Villers-Bretonneux in the Somme department in Picardie in northern France.

Sport[edit]

Robinvale hosts numerous sporting events, a tennis Easter tournament, football, cricket and the annual Robinvale Ski Race

The town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Sunraysia Football League.[6] AFL players who've played for the club include Ivan Smith, Richard Vandenberg, Des McKenzie and Phil Egan.

Rugby League is also played with local club Robinvale Storm participating in the Sunrasia Rugby League competition

Golfers play at the course of the Robinvale Golf Club on the Murray Valley Highway.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Robinvale (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  3. ^ "Lover Serenade". Film North West Victoria. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  4. ^ "Planning & Report Summary for the year 2004 - 2005". Mallee Division of General Practice. Primary Health Care Research & Information Service. Retrieved 2006-08-19. 
  5. ^ Paxinos, Stathi (2002-04-20). "Robinvale: an island of multiculturalism in Victoria". The Age (Fairfax Digital). Retrieved 2006-08-19. 
  6. ^ Full Points Footy, Sunraysia Football League, retrieved 2009-04-15 
  7. ^ Golf Select, Waverley, retrieved 2009-05-11 

External links[edit]

Media related to Robinvale, Victoria at Wikimedia Commons