Serpentine, Victoria

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Serpentine
Victoria
Serpentine Hotel.JPG
Serpentine Hotel
Serpentine is located in Shire of Loddon
Serpentine
Serpentine
Coordinates 36°24′0″S 143°28′0″E / 36.40000°S 143.46667°E / -36.40000; 143.46667Coordinates: 36°24′0″S 143°28′0″E / 36.40000°S 143.46667°E / -36.40000; 143.46667
Population 307 (2011 census)[1]
Established 1863
Postcode(s) 3517
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Loddon
State electorate(s) Bendigo East
Federal Division(s) Murray

Serpentine is a town in north west Victoria, Australia. Located on the Loddon Valley Highway, the town is 201 kilometres north west of the state capital, Melbourne and 51 kilometres north west of the regional centre, Bendigo. Serpentine is in the Shire of Loddon local government area and, including the surrounding state suburb, had a population of 307 at the 2011 census.[1]

The town is named for Serpentine Creek, a tributary of the Loddon River. The creek in turn was named for explorer Thomas Mitchell's description of the river red gum trees lining the rivers and creeks of the area.

Selectors began to take up allotments in 1862 and the townsite was established as Serpentine Creek in 1863. A Post Office under that name had been open since 1848, the name being changed to Serpentine in 1917.[2]

It eventually became the seat of the then Shire of East Loddon. Today, Serpentine is a producer of grain and cattle and a popular place for anglers.

The Burke and Wills expedition is alleged to have passed the townsite in 1860 while attempting to reach the Gulf of Carpentaria.

The town has an Australian Rules football team (Bears Lagoon-Serpentine) competing in the Loddon Valley Football League.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Serpentine (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 

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