Kilmore East, Victoria

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Kilmore East
The former Kilmore East Hotel, opposite the train station
Kilmore East is located in Shire of Mitchell
Kilmore East
Kilmore East
Coordinates37°18′S 144°59′E / 37.300°S 144.983°E / -37.300; 144.983Coordinates: 37°18′S 144°59′E / 37.300°S 144.983°E / -37.300; 144.983
Population417 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)Shire of Mitchell
State electorate(s)Euroa
Federal division(s)McEwen
Localities around Kilmore East:
Moranding Broadford Sunday Creek
Kilmore Kilmore East Clonbinane
Kilmore Kilmore Clonbinane

Kilmore East is a locality in the Australian state of Victoria, 65 kilometres north of Melbourne. At the 2016 census, Kilmore East had a population of 417.[1]

Kilmore East was occupied for European use by John Green, a neighboring pastoralist on the Kilmore Plains, when the best of Green’s squatting property was purchased from beneath his feet by William Rutledge in 1841. Green’s head station was built 400 metres SSE of what became the Kilmore East Railway Station.[3]

Kilmore East railway and telegraph station was established in 1872 to serve Kilmore.[4]

The Post Office at Kilmore East opened on 1 September 1872 as Gavan Duffy, named after Sir Charles Gavan Duffy the Premier of Victoria until June of that year. It was renamed Kilmore East two months later and closed in 1976. Gavan Street and Duffy Street are reminders of the original township name.[5]

In 1976, a bluestone quarry was developed 3 km to the north of the station.[4]

A hilltop above Saunders Road was identified as the starting point of a major bushfire on 7 February 2009 that devastated many localities to the south-east including Wandong and Kinglake.[6] An investigation put some of the blame on a recloser that tried to restore power to a "dangling" power line.[7]

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  1. ^ a b "2016 Census QuickStats Kilmore East". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Location:Kilmore East Victoria". Postcode Search. Australia Post. Retrieved 15 February 2009.
  3. ^ Williams, Martin, Charles Bonney and the fertile Kilmore Plains, Victorian Historical Journal, Volume 90, No. 1, June 2019, p. 114
  4. ^ a b Waugh, Andrew. "Kilmore East" (PDF). Victorian Signalling Histories No 46, Version 1.0 (July 2002). Retrieved 14 February 2009.
  5. ^ Phoenix Auctions History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  6. ^ "Hill paddock is pinpointed as area where fire started". Herald Sun. 12 February 2009. Retrieved 15 February 2009.[dead link]
  7. ^ "Power-line restart device scrutinized". San Francisco Chronicle. 2 November 2017. p. A10.