Berriwillock

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Berriwillock
Victoria
Berriwillock Taverner Street 001.JPG
Taverner Street, the main street of Berriwillock
Berriwillock is located in Shire of Buloke
Berriwillock
Berriwillock
Coordinates 35°38′0″S 143°00′0″E / 35.63333°S 143.00000°E / -35.63333; 143.00000Coordinates: 35°38′0″S 143°00′0″E / 35.63333°S 143.00000°E / -35.63333; 143.00000
Population 352 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3531
Elevation 83 m (272 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Buloke
Localities around Berriwillock:
Banyan Boigbeat Springfield
Banyan Berriwillock Springfield
Willangie Sutton Culgoa

Berriwillock is a town in the Mallee region in the north-west of the Australian state of Victoria. Berriwillock is 332 kilometres (206 mi) north-west of the state capital, Melbourne. Nearby towns include Boigbeat (about 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) north west and Culgoa 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) south east.

Berriwillock is 80 kilometres (50 mi) due west of the Murray River and is a vibrant grain producing community.

Transport[edit]

Berriwillock is adjacent to the Calder Highway, 334 kilometres (208 mi) northwest of Melbourne. It is served by the Berriwillock railway station on the Kulwin railway line. The line has not carried passenger services since 1977, but is still available for freight (bulk grain), and there are bulk grain silos at the station.

Berriwillock Post Office opened on 16 April 1894 shortly after the arrival of the railway.[2]

Berriwillock wheat scheme[edit]

Berriwillock is the home of a charitable scheme where the local farmers grow wheat for charity. In drought years, it may not make a profit to donate, but most years the scheme provides grants to a range of charitable causes. It has been running since 1953. In response to a discussion with the Presbyterian minister, one farmer committed 60 hectares (150 acres) of land and many others contributed the seed, labour and equipment to plant and harvest the land. As technology has improved, what was once a day's work for 30 farmers and a picnic for their families is now only a few hours for one machine. The proceeds are split 50:50 between Australian and international causes.[3] The proceeds of the first year went to underfed people in Europe and Asia, and to the Melbourne Hospital.[4]

Sport[edit]

Golfers play at the Berriwillock Golf Club.[5]

The town is part of the Sea Lake Nandaly Football Club[3] and until 2015 had a game played in Berriwillock every year.[citation needed]

A famous person from Berriwillock is Darren Weir who was the trainer of the 2015 Melbourne Cup winner Prince of Penzance.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Berriwillock (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 2008-04-11. 
  3. ^ a b Mann, Simon (2 January 2009). "Quietly they sow...for others to reap". Farm Weekly. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "The Churches". Riverine Herald (23,396). New South Wales, Australia. 20 November 1952. p. 3. Retrieved 27 July 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  5. ^ Golf Select, Berriwillock, retrieved 2009-05-11 

External links[edit]

Media related to Berriwillock at Wikimedia Commons