Yarra Glen, Victoria

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Yarra Glen
Victoria
Grand Hotel Yarra Glen.jpg
Grand Hotel
Yarra Glen is located in Melbourne
Yarra Glen
Yarra Glen
Coordinates 37°38′56″S 145°22′19″E / 37.64889°S 145.37194°E / -37.64889; 145.37194Coordinates: 37°38′56″S 145°22′19″E / 37.64889°S 145.37194°E / -37.64889; 145.37194
Population 2,598 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 3775
Elevation 152 m (499 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Yarra Ranges
State electorate(s) Seymour
Federal Division(s) Casey[2]
Suburbs around Yarra Glen:
Kinglake Steels Creek Dixons Creek
Christmas Hills Yarra Glen Tarrawarra
Bend of Islands Yering Coldstream
War memorial and hall

Yarra Glen is a town in Victoria, Australia, 40 km north-east from Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the Shire of Yarra Ranges. At the 2006 Census, Yarra Glen had a population of 2598.

History[edit]

The Ryrie brothers (William, James and Donald) were the first Europeans to settle in the area, when they established the 43,000 acres (170 km2) Yering run in 1837 after droving their cattle to the area from NSW. The brothers planted the first grape vines in the Yarra Valley in 1838 and produced their first wine in 1845.[3] Joseph Furphy, often regarded as the father of the Australian novel, was born on the station in 1843.[4]

The Post Office opened on 11 January 1861 as Yarra Flats and was renamed Yarra Glen in 1889 when the railway arrived.[5]

The now National Trust-listed Yarra Glen Grand Hotel was established in 1888.[6] Its four story Italianate tower was added subsequent to the construction of the original hotel building.[6]

The Black Friday fires of 1939 badly damaged the area around Yarra Glen, as did the fires of 2009.

Sport[edit]

The town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League.

Yarra Glen has a horse racing club, Yarra Valley Racing, which schedules around nine race meetings a year including the Yarra Glen Cup meeting in March.[7]

Yarra Valley Harness Racing Club conducts regular meetings at its racetrack in the town. [8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Yarra Glen (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  2. ^ http://www.aec.gov.au/profiles/vic/casey.htm
  3. ^ Yarra Glen, Heritage Australia, retrieved 2011-01-10 
  4. ^ http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bcollins/general/famous/tom.htm, retrieved 2011-01-10  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  6. ^ a b Yarra Glen, Tourism Victoria, retrieved 2011-07-25 
  7. ^ Yarra Valley Racing, retrieved 2010-09-02 
  8. ^ Australian Harness Racing, Yarra Valley, retrieved 2009-05-11 

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