Redesdale, Victoria

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Catholic Church at Redesdale
Redesdale is located in City of Bendigo
Coordinates 37°01′0″S 144°31′0″E / 37.01667°S 144.51667°E / -37.01667; 144.51667Coordinates: 37°01′0″S 144°31′0″E / 37.01667°S 144.51667°E / -37.01667; 144.51667
Population 273 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3444
Elevation 290 m (951 ft)
LGA(s) City of Greater Bendigo
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) Bendigo
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
20.0 °C
68 °F
7.2 °C
45 °F
570.2 mm
22.4 in

Redesdale /ˈrdsdl/ is a town in central Victoria, Australia., 115 kilometres (71 mi) north west of the state capital, Melbourne. It is located partly in the City of Greater Bendigo local government area and partly in the Shire of Mount Alexander. At the 2011 census, Redesdale and the surrounding area had a population of 273.[1]


The Post Office opened on 22 March 1865.[2]

Redesdale bridge[edit]

The unique Redesdale bridge

Redesdale is on the opposite bank of the Campaspe River from the town of Mia Mia. The towns are connected by the heritage listed Redesdale bridge,[3] one of the oldest iron lattice-truss bridges in Victoria. The trusses for the bridge were originally imported for a river crossing in suburban Hawthorn in 1859. The ship Herald of the Morning bringing the trusses to Melbourne caught fire and sank in Hobsons Bay. As a result, the Hawthorn Bridge, connecting Richmond and Hawthorn, was delayed for a couple of years while new trusses were made and shipped out to Australia.

Ten years later the original trusses were salvaged from the Herald of the Morning and used for the Redesdale Bridge. The bridge was constructed on site in 1868 with a divided-lane through-truss design created specifically for the difficult river crossing and unique in Victoria.[4]


Redesdale was once the terminus for a branch line railway which connected with the Melbourne - Murray River Railway at Redesdale Junction, between Kyneton station and Malmsbury station. Other stopping points on the line, going towards Redesdale, included Edgecombe, Green Hill, East Metcalfe, Emberton and Barfold.[5][6] The Redesdale line was opened on 15 January 1891[5] and closed between 1960 and 1979,[7] however services along the line had probably ceased by 1955.[5] The tracks and stations have since been removed.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Redesdale (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 December 2014.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 2008-04-11. 
  3. ^ "Redesdale Bridge, Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) Number H1419, Heritage Overlay HO230". Victorian Heritage Database. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  4. ^ "Mia Mia Bridge". Heritage Council of Victoria. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  5. ^ a b c Rowe, Bill (1989). Redesdale: Yesterday and Today. Redesdale, Victoria: self published. p. 33. 
  6. ^ Railway Map of Victoria, Australia, 1946 map reproduced courtesy V/Line, Railway Museum, North Williamstown, Victoria, 1988
  7. ^ Duncan, J.S., ed. (1982). Atlas of Victoria. Melbourne, Victoria: Victorian Government Printing Office. p. 146. ISBN 0-7241-8255-1.