Kooloonong, Victoria

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Kooloonong
Victoria
Kooloonong is located in Rural City of Swan Hill
Kooloonong
Kooloonong
Coordinates 34°52′S 143°08′E / 34.867°S 143.133°E / -34.867; 143.133Coordinates: 34°52′S 143°08′E / 34.867°S 143.133°E / -34.867; 143.133
Postcode(s) 3549
Location
LGA(s) Rural City of Swan Hill
Federal Division(s) Mallee
Localities around Kooloonong:
Lake Powell Boundary Bend Narrung
Wandown, Annuello Kooloonong Kenley
Bolton Natya Natya

Kooloonong is a locality in Victoria, Australia, located approximately 147 km from Mildura, Victoria and was on the Yungera railway line.

The railway north of Swan Hill was extended from Piangil to Kooloonong in March 1920[2] to support the establishment of soldier settlement farms in the area. For many years water was carted to the location by train because there was no natural water supply.[3] The line from Piangil was closed in December 1986.[2]

Kooloonong was established as a Soldier settlement area for soldiers returning from World War I. By the mid-1920s, it was a thriving township with a bush nursing hospital, government offices, school and RSL hall, railway station and sporting facilities. The town has declined since then and now has only one occupied house plus the rarely-used hall, a CFA shed and unused grain handling facilities.[4]

The railway was further extended in 1926. The terminus was named Yungera[5] and was at what is now the boundary between the localities of Kooloonong and Boundary Bend. It was shortened back to Kooloonong in 1957.[6]

Kooloonong Post Office opened around June 1920 and closed in 1973.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Travelmate Archived March 25, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b "Kooloonong". Vicsig. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  3. ^ "No Water at Kooloonong". The Argus. 1923-03-27. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  4. ^ Macfarlane, Neil (18 June 2015). "Submission to VEAC State Wide Assessment of Public Land" (PDF). Mid-Murray Field Naturalists Inc. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "Yungera". Victorian Railway Stations. 12 March 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  6. ^ Sid Brown (March 1990). "Tracks Across the State". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society (Victorian Division). pp. 71–76. 
  7. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11