View of town from Peter Francis Points Arboretum
|Population||1,383 (2006 census)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Southern Grampians|
Coleraine is a town in Victoria, Australia on the Glenelg Highway, 350 kilometres (217 mi) west of the state capital, Melbourne and 35 kilometres (22 mi) north-west of Hamilton in the Shire of Southern Grampians local government area. It was named after the town in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. At the 2006 census, the urban area of Coleraine had a population of 991.
The area was first settled by Europeans in 1838 for pastoral grazing. The town was surveyed later on Bryan Creek, a tributary of the Wannon River. The Post Office opened on 16 November 1854. Today, Coleraine's primary industries are beef and wool. The town hosts an Autumn Festival in April and an art show in August.
Notable past residents of Coleraine include:
- W.D. "Bill" Forsyth - school teacher, scholar of international relations, historian, and diplomat
It has a horse racing club, the Coleraine Racing Club, which runs the Coleraine Cup meeting in September. The meeting features the steeplechase race commemorating the feats of district horsemen and renowned Australian poet Adam Lindsay Gordon.
Golfers play at the Coleraine Golf Club on Gordon Street.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Coleraine (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-10-01.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Coleraine (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-07-06.
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11
- Country Racing Victoria, Coleraine Racing Club, archived from the original on July 21, 2008, retrieved 2009-05-07
- Gardiner, Frank, 2003, The Fields of Coleraine : at the heart of both Australia Felix and Western District of Victoria, Camberwell, Vic.
- Golf Select, Coleraine, retrieved 2009-05-11
Media related to Coleraine, Victoria at Wikimedia Commons
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