Netherby, Victoria

Coordinates: 36°06′0″S 141°39′0″E / 36.10000°S 141.65000°E / -36.10000; 141.65000
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Netherby is located in Shire of Hindmarsh
Coordinates36°06′0″S 141°39′0″E / 36.10000°S 141.65000°E / -36.10000; 141.65000
Population120 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)Shire of Hindmarsh
State electorate(s)Lowan
Federal division(s)Mallee

Netherby is a town in western Victoria, in Australia. The town is approximately 406 kilometres (252 mi) north west from Melbourne.


The town was originally known as Warraquil. It was renamed to Netherby in 1886 because the town's first teacher got confused and went to a town with a similar name (Warragul - 520 kilometres (320 mi) away). [citation needed]The town takes its name from the British full-rigged ship Netherby, 944 tons, which was wrecked on King Island in Bass Strait on 17 July 1866. The ship was carrying 52 crew and 452 emigrants to Brisbane, Queensland and all hands landed safely. After the castaways were rescued and taken to Melbourne, few elected to continue on to Queensland, but many settled in the district of Victoria then being opened up that was named after their ship.

Netherby Post Office opened on 1 September 1886 and closed in 1975.[2]

The railway came to Netherby in 1916, when the line to Yapeet opened. The last passenger service ran in the 1950s, and the line was closed in December 1986.[3]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Netherby (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 September 2020. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Phoenix Auctions History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Netherby". Vicsig. Retrieved 2 September 2022.


  • Charlwood, Don (2005). The Wreck of the Sailing Ship "Netherby" - A Miracle of Survival (2005 ed.). Warrandyte, Victoria: Burgewood Books.
  • Broxam, Grame & Nash, Michael (1998). Tasmanian Shipwrecks, Volume One, 1797-1899 (1998 ed.). Woden, Australian Capital Territory: Navarine Publishing.

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