Wedderburn, Victoria

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Wedderburn
Victoria
WedderburnWarMemorial.JPG
War memorial at Albert Jacka Park
Wedderburn is located in Shire of Loddon
Wedderburn
Wedderburn
Coordinates 36°25′S 143°37′E / 36.417°S 143.617°E / -36.417; 143.617Coordinates: 36°25′S 143°37′E / 36.417°S 143.617°E / -36.417; 143.617
Population 680 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3518
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Loddon
State electorate(s) Ripon
Federal Division(s) Murray

Wedderburn is a rural town in Victoria, Australia on the Calder Highway, 214 kilometres (133 mi) north of Victoria's capital city, Melbourne. At the 2011 census, Wedderburn had a population of 680.[1] It is mainly a farming community but its early residents were gold miners and prospectors.

History[edit]

The Post Office opened on 1 August 1856, after the first gold discoveries here but was known as Korong until 1858.[2]

The railway arrived in 1883, linking Wedderburn with Charlton and Bendigo via Inglewood.

Present day[edit]

One of the main attractions for tourists is Hard Hill Reserve where, with a bit of imagination, one can feel a sense of what it was like in the 'old days' living in tents on the goldfields. Apart from gold, a number of Eucalyptus stills used to operate in the district and a replica still has been situated on the site and is fired up, by arrangement, for tourist buses. On site is one of the original batteries for crushing the ore and removing the gold. A puddler is also on site and a demonstration of it working can be seen during the annual Gold and Heritage Festival held round about the end of February and the beginning of March.

Wedderburn is a popular spot for hopefuls with gold detectors who are still finding the occasional nice nugget.[citation needed]

Wedderburn has an older than average demographic. The town today is predominantly farming based, though the town includes the head office for the local Shire Council (Loddon), a small P-12 school servicing the needs of a number of surrounding towns and communities and some manufacturing and service businesses.

Wedderburn has a football team, the Redbacks, competing in the North Central Football League. They also have a fantastic Hockey Club which also competes in the North Central League.

Golfers play at the course of the Wedderburn Golf Club on Racecourse Road.[3]

Notable people[edit]

Albert Jacka, awarded the Victoria Cross in World War I, lived in Wedderburn from the age of five until he enlisted in 1914. He was the first Australian to be awarded the Victoria Cross,he later became Mayor of St.Kilda.

Old Works, north of Royal George Mine, Emu

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Wedderburn (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  3. ^ Golf Select, Wedderburn, retrieved 2009-05-11 

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