Nelson, Victoria

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Nelson Victoria.jpg
The town's hotel
Nelson is located in Shire of Glenelg
Coordinates38°03′0″S 141°01′0″E / 38.05000°S 141.01667°E / -38.05000; 141.01667Coordinates: 38°03′0″S 141°01′0″E / 38.05000°S 141.01667°E / -38.05000; 141.01667
Population226 (2006 census)[1]
LGA(s)Shire of Glenelg
State electorate(s)South-West Coast
Federal Division(s)Wannon
Localities around Nelson:
South Australia Mumbannar
Drik Drik
Mount Richmond
South Australia Nelson Mount Richmond
Ocean Ocean Ocean
FootnotesAdjoining localities[2]

Nelson is a small fishing town in Victoria, Australia. It is located on the mouth of the Glenelg River and on Discovery Bay, a few kilometres from the South Australian border, and 422 kilometres (262 mi) west of Melbourne. At the 2006 census, Nelson and the surrounding area had a population of 226.[1]

In January 1852 the name of Nelson was adopted for the settlement, after the ship Lady Nelson, [3] [4] which was used by Lieutenant James Grant in explorations of the area in the early nineteenth century.

A punt was built across the river in 1848 by Henry Kellett. A summerhouse was also built in 1848, which later became the town's current hotel. The town site was surveyed and named in 1852 by Lindsay Clarke, and sheep grazing began soon after. Settlement of the township came much later, a Post Office being opened on 17 March 1876.[5]

The Portland-Nelson Road is the only main road in and out of Nelson and crosses the Glenelg at Nelson and is the only crossing for over 25 km. The first crossing over the Glenelg was constructed out of wood in 1893. It was replaced by the current steel cantilever bridge in 1963.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Nelson (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 August 2007.
  2. ^ "Glenelg Shire town and rural districts names and boundaries" (PDF). Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, State Government of Victoria, Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 December 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  3. ^ Blake, Les (1977). Place names of Victoria. Adelaide: Rigby. p. 294. ISBN 0-7270-0250-3, cited in Bird (2006)
  4. ^ Bird, Eric (12 October 2006). "Place Names on the Coast of Victoria" (PDF). The Australian National Placename Survey (ANPS). Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 February 2011.
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 11 April 2008.


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