War memorial at Albert Jacka Park
|Population||680 (2011 census)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Loddon|
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. It is mainly a farming community but its early residents were gold miners and prospectors.
The Post Office opened on 1 August 1856, after the first gold discoveries here but was known as Korong until 1858.
In the Bendigo Advertiser Wednesday 14 May 1884-(found in the Trove website)-
"That well-known locality, Korong Vale, has been re-christened. It has been so determined in consequence of the
confusion of names, there being a Korong (now Wedderburn), a Kerang, a Mount Korong,and the Korong Vale.
The latter has now received the dignified lordly title of Rosebery or Rosebury, I know not which, but I am disposed
to think that its new title will be more in the name than in the reality,and that the word "Vale" will still be generally used".
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.
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.
Golfers play at the course of the Wedderburn Golf Club on Racecourse Road.
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.
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- Dunnolly-Wedderburn Gold Field VIctoria Geological Survey 1904. W.M. Bradford