Fish Creek, Victoria

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Fish Creek
Victoria
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Fish Creek is located in South Gippsland Shire
Fish Creek
Fish Creek
Coordinates 38°41′S 146°05′E / 38.683°S 146.083°E / -38.683; 146.083Coordinates: 38°41′S 146°05′E / 38.683°S 146.083°E / -38.683; 146.083
Population 827 (2016 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3959
Location
LGA(s) South Gippsland Shire
State electorate(s) Gippsland South
Federal Division(s) McMillan

Fish Creek is a small township in Victoria, Australia. At the 2016 census, Fish Creek and the surrounding area had a population of 827.[1]

History[edit]

Fish Creek was first settled in 1886. The Post Office opened on 6 October 1890[2] next to the proposed railway which arrived in 1892.[citation needed] In 1900 a community hall was built where the Butter Factory building stands today. This hall was used as a church by everyone until in 1904 a new Catholic church was built.[citation needed] Not long after that the Union Church was opened and since then the town has had two churches.

The Great South Gippsland Railway line closed to passengers in 1980 for all stations past Leongatha. However freight and goods traffic continued until the line was formally closed in 1994. The tracks were removed and a combined bike, pedestrian and horse riding track, known as The Great Southern Rail Trail, was established along the former rail line.

The town today[edit]

Fish Creek has a number of art galleries and craft shops catering to locals as well as tourists who pass through town on their way to Wilsons Promontory. Artist and children's author Alison Lester and botanical artist Celia Rosser have galleries in the town.

The Fish Creek Community Garden has been established on the disused railway platform in the centre of town.

The Fish Creek Memorial Hall was built in 1930.[3] The hall is used as a venue for parties, funerals, church services, film screenings, markets and school concerts. The hall also houses an Op shop, and its profits partially fund the maintenance and enhancement of the hall facilities.

The town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Alberton Football League.[4] Fish Creek Football Club is based at Terrill Park, the club rooms are one of the very few club rooms that are privately owned. The Fish Creek Football Club (F.C.F.C) is over 100 years old and has had a few players who have gone on to play AFL.[5]

The town is home to the Big Mullet which lies on its side atop the Fish Creek Hotel.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Fish Creek(State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2017-11-04. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11
  3. ^ Victorian Heritage Database, Fish Creek Memorial Hall, retrieved 2017-10-30
  4. ^ "Fish Creek newest premiership heroes". South Gippsland Sentinel-Times. 2016-09-06. Retrieved 2016-11-22.
  5. ^ Full Points Footy, Fish Creek, retrieved 2008-07-25
  6. ^ Famous fish to ‘swim’ again by Jacob De Kunder, The Great Southern Star, August 20, 2013: http://thestar.com.au/?p=8202

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