Lethbridge, Victoria

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Lethbridge
Victoria
Lethbridge General Store.JPG
General store
Lethbridge is located in Golden Plains Shire
Lethbridge
Lethbridge
Coordinates 37°58′0″S 144°08′0″E / 37.96667°S 144.13333°E / -37.96667; 144.13333Coordinates: 37°58′0″S 144°08′0″E / 37.96667°S 144.13333°E / -37.96667; 144.13333
Population 950 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3332
Location
LGA(s) Golden Plains Shire
State electorate(s) Buninyong
Federal Division(s) Corangamite
Localities around Lethbridge:
Meredith Meredith She Oaks
Bamganie Lethbridge Maude
Shelford Teesdale Russells Bridge
Bannockburn

Lethbridge is a rural township outside Geelong, Victoria, Australia. Bluestone from Lethbridge quarries was used to build several significant buildings in Melbourne, including the steps to the Parliament House. At the 2011 census, Lethbridge had a population of 950.[1]

Lethbridge Post Office opened on 10 September 1857 and closed in 1980.[2]

The community of Lethbridge has a range of facilities and services including:

  • Lethbridge Primary School
  • The town hall (which offers community groups include Playgroup, Karate, Cub scouts and individual functions)
  • Lethbridge Airpark
  • Sports facility (with two football ovals and a tennis court)
  • General store
  • Country Fire Authority
  • Lethy Lake

The railway came to the town with the opening of the Geelong-Ballarat line in 1862,[3] with the local railway station opened soon after, but today only grain and fruit trains use the line.

Moranghurk, a Lethbridge homestead dating from approximately the 1840s, located on the Midland Highway, is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.[4]

Peter Lalor, the leader of the Eureka Stockade rebellion, hid overnight in Lethbridge while fleeing from Ballarat to Geelong in November 1854.

George Elmslie, first Labor Premier of Victoria, was born in Lethbridge in 1861.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Lethbridge (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 2008-04-11. 
  3. ^ "Rail Geelong - Geelong Line Guide". www.railgeelong.com. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  4. ^ "Moranghurk (H0266)". Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 

External links[edit]

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