Quambatook

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Quambatook
Victoria
Quambatook Guthrie Street 001.JPG
Guthrie St, the main street of Quambatook
Quambatook is located in Shire of Gannawarra
Quambatook
Quambatook
Coordinates 35°51′0″S 143°32′0″E / 35.85000°S 143.53333°E / -35.85000; 143.53333Coordinates: 35°51′0″S 143°32′0″E / 35.85000°S 143.53333°E / -35.85000; 143.53333
Population 361 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3540
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Gannawarra
State electorate(s) Murray Plains
Federal Division(s) Mallee

Quambatook /ˈkwɒmbətʊk/ is a town in northern Victoria, Australia. The town is located on the Avoca River in the Shire of Gannawarra local government area, 302 kilometres (188 mi) from the state capital, Melbourne. At the 2011 census, Quambatook had a population of 361.[1]

Quambatook was settled following the end of the Victorian gold rush of the 1850s. Resumption of large squatter's land holdings for closer settlement in the 1870s lead to Quambatook becoming one of Victoria's leading wheat and sheep producing areas.[2] Quambatook Post Office opened on 1 September 1879.[3]

Quambatook has been recognised as the tractor pulling capital of Australia with an annual competition, the Australian Tractor Pulling Championships, held at Easter since 1976.[4] In fact, the town's motto is 'Land of wheat and wool, home of the tractor pull'.[citation needed] The town is the birthplace of country music performer John Williamson, who has written a musical named for the town.[2][5]

Golfers play at the course of the Quambatook Golf Club on Boort Road.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Quambatook (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Towns in Gannawarra". Gannawarra Shire Council. Retrieved 2007-06-04. 
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 2008-04-11. 
  4. ^ "Quambatook Victoria". Travelmate. Retrieved 2007-06-04. 
  5. ^ "QUAMBATOOK is a family musical.". John Williamson - Official website. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  6. ^ Golf Select. "Quambatook". Retrieved 2009-05-11. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Quambatook at Wikimedia Commons