Rutherglen, Victoria

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Rutherglen
Victoria
Victoria Hotel on Argyle street Rutherglen.jpg
The heritage listed Victoria Hotel in Main Street
Rutherglen is located in Shire of Indigo
Rutherglen
Rutherglen
Location in Shire of Indigo
Coordinates36°03′20″S 146°27′45″E / 36.05556°S 146.46250°E / -36.05556; 146.46250Coordinates: 36°03′20″S 146°27′45″E / 36.05556°S 146.46250°E / -36.05556; 146.46250
Population2,579 (2021 census)[1]
Postcode(s)3685
Elevation175 m (574 ft)
Location
LGA(s)Shire of Indigo
State electorate(s)Benambra
Federal division(s)Indi
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
21.8 °C
71 °F
7.3 °C
45 °F
581.4 mm
22.9 in

Rutherglen pronunciation  is a small town in north-eastern Victoria, Australia, near the Murray River border with New South Wales. The town was named after the Scottish town of Rutherglen which lies just outside Glasgow. At the 2016 census, Rutherglen had a population of 2,109.[1]

Features[edit]

Rutherglen Wine Experience & Visitor Centre

Rutherglen is located north of Wangaratta and west of Wodonga, just 10 kilometres from the Murray River at the border towns of Wahgunyah and Corowa.

Originally a gold-mining town of the mid-19th century, it has since developed into a major wine-producing area, with 17 wineries all located within a short drive from the town centre.

Star Hotel Main Street Rutherglen 2021
CFBB Fire Station Main Street Rutherglen 2021

The main street of Rutherglen maintains its historical charm, with most of the shop fronts retaining the same look they had a century ago. Attractions within the town include Lake King which is surrounded by Apex Park and Rutherglen Park, as well as the historical wine-bottle-shaped water tower in Campbell Street.

History[edit]

Rutherglen Post Office opened on 1 November 1860.[2]

The Rutherglen Magistrates' Court closed on 1 January 1990.[3]

Wine[edit]

The Rutherglen wine region is a wine-producing area around the town of Rutherglen and is particularly noted for its sweet fortified wine styles including Muscat, Topaque (formerly known as Tokay) and Port.

The largest winery in the region is the All Saints Winery, located just a short drive north-west outside of Wahgunyah. Established in 1864, it features landscaped gardens, ponds, a restaurant and wine tasting facilities. The Rutherglen Wine Experience Visitor Information Centre, located in the town centre on Main Street, offers displays of the town's rich history, how wines are made, and comprehensive tourist information.

Sport[edit]

The town in conjunction with nearby town Corowa has an Australian Rules football team (Corowa-Rutherglen) competing in the Ovens & Murray Football League.[4] Another Australian rules football team, Rutherglen Football Club, play in the Tallangatta & District Football League.

Golfers play at the course of the Rutherglen Golf Club on Murray Street. The current club professional is Paul Black.[5]

Climate[edit]

Rutherglen features a mediterranean climate (Csa) with hot, dry summers and cool, damp winters. Climate data are sourced from Rutherglen Research; established in 1912 and still operating today. It is at an elevation of 175 metres (574 ft).

The highest temperature recorded was 46.8 °C (116.2 °F) on 14 January 1939, whereas the lowest was −7.5 °C (18.5 °F) on 14 June 2006.

Climate data for Rutherglen Research (1912–2020); 175 m AMSL; 36.10° S, 146.51° E
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 46.8
(116.2)
45.6
(114.1)
40.2
(104.4)
35.5
(95.9)
28.7
(83.7)
22.2
(72.0)
22.5
(72.5)
24.9
(76.8)
32.2
(90.0)
38.9
(102.0)
41.8
(107.2)
45.6
(114.1)
46.8
(116.2)
Average high °C (°F) 31.5
(88.7)
30.8
(87.4)
27.4
(81.3)
22.0
(71.6)
17.0
(62.6)
13.4
(56.1)
12.4
(54.3)
14.0
(57.2)
17.2
(63.0)
21.1
(70.0)
25.5
(77.9)
29.3
(84.7)
21.8
(71.2)
Average low °C (°F) 13.8
(56.8)
13.9
(57.0)
11.0
(51.8)
7.1
(44.8)
4.3
(39.7)
2.5
(36.5)
2.1
(35.8)
2.7
(36.9)
4.1
(39.4)
6.2
(43.2)
8.7
(47.7)
11.5
(52.7)
7.3
(45.2)
Record low °C (°F) 1.9
(35.4)
1.2
(34.2)
−0.9
(30.4)
−3.2
(26.2)
−6.1
(21.0)
−7.5
(18.5)
−6.9
(19.6)
−6.1
(21.0)
−5.3
(22.5)
−5.1
(22.8)
−2.8
(27.0)
0.0
(32.0)
−7.5
(18.5)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 36.4
(1.43)
37.6
(1.48)
38.5
(1.52)
39.5
(1.56)
51.8
(2.04)
56.4
(2.22)
61.1
(2.41)
60.2
(2.37)
53.7
(2.11)
56.9
(2.24)
45.0
(1.77)
44.3
(1.74)
581.4
(22.89)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 5.1 4.9 5.2 6.7 9.9 12.4 14.4 14.0 10.9 9.6 7.6 6.2 106.9
Source: [6]

Notable people[edit]

Festivals and events[edit]

  • Rutherglen Regatta: second weekend of January
  • Tastes of Rutherglen: second weekend of March - third weekend of March
  • Winery Walkabout: Queen's Birthday long weekend of June
  • Rutherglen Agricultural Show: third weekend of October
  • Tour de Rutherglen: first weekend of November
  • Rutherglen Farmers Market: second weekend each month

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Rutherglen (Urban Centre Locality)". 2021 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 January 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Phoenix Auctions History, Post Office List, retrieved 18 January 2021
  3. ^ "Review of Legal Services in Rural and Regional Victoria" (PDF). Parliament of Victoria Law Reform Committee. May 2001. pp. 291–292. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  4. ^ Full Points Footy, Corowa Rutherglen, archived from the original on 24 July 2008, retrieved 25 July 2008
  5. ^ Golf Select, Rutherglen, retrieved 11 May 2009
  6. ^ "Rutherglen Research". Climate statistics for Australian locations. Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

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