St Arnaud, Victoria
The Sunraysia Highway at St Arnaud
|Population||2,619 (2011 census)|
|Elevation||240 m (787 ft)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Northern Grampians|
St Arnaud (/ /) is a town in the Wimmera region of Victoria, Australia, 244 kilometres north west of the capital Melbourne. It is in the Shire of Northern Grampians local government area. At the 2011 census, St Arnaud had a population of 2,619.
It is named after French marshal Jacques Leroy de Saint Arnaud, commander-in-chief of the army of the East. It is one of quite a number of towns, streets etc. named after people and places of the Crimean War.
The town features many well-preserved historic buildings which line the main thoroughfare of Napier Street, including a generous collection of pubs. A number of attractive gardens exist in town, including Pioneer Park (believed to be Australia's only remaining public park designed by Edna Walling), the Queen Mary Botanic Gardens, the Market Square gardens adjacent to the council offices and Lord Nelson Park which offers sporting facilities as well as attractions such as the old Lord Nelson Mine and views from Wilsons Hill.
St Arnaud is in the Shire of Northern Grampians. Formerly it had its own local government area, the Town of St Arnaud which was headquartered at the former St Arnaud Town Hall, however this was amalgamated into a new shire in 1993. St Arnaud today is a secondary service base for the Shire of Northern Grampians, while the headquarters is in Stawell.
The town began an annual Festival in 1996, which is held in November every year, and includes events such as Music Concerts, Market day, Gopher Grand Prix and numerous exhibitions and displays.
The former town hall functions as a community and performing arts space.
The St Arnaud Hockey Club, a thriving club with five teams, competes in the North Central Hockey Association. Playing its home games on the grass of Lord Nelson Park, the club has had success on and off the field, with numerous players chosen to play in representative teams.
St Arnaud also has the St Arnaud Netball Club, also competing in the North Central League against many other surrounding towns.
Affiliated with the Australian Clay Target Association, the St Arnaud Gun Club hosts down-the-line shoots each month (except January). With three layouts, the gun club provides for traditional down-the-line, continental and ball trap events.
Golfers play at the St Arnaud Golf Club course.
St Arnaud is located at the junction of the Sunraysia (B220) and Wimmera Highways (B240). The B220 heads north to Donald and south to Avoca, while the Wimmera connects St Arnaud to Horsham in the west and Bendigo in the east.
Coach services also connect St Arnaud to major centres including the V/Line service to Mildura and Melbourne via Ballarat.
St Arnaud Aerodrome 6.8 km west of the town centre provides for general aviation.
- John Ogburn, born in St Arnaud, modern artist
- Patrick Alfred Jennings, first Catholic Premier of NSW, shopkeeper and gold mine owner in St Arnaud
- Pharez Phillips, St Arnaud town councillor, shopkeeper and farmer, who won the first federal election for the seat of Wimmera
- Gerald Ridsdale, Catholic priest convicted of child sexual abuse and indecent assault charges against 54 children
- Brudenell White, born in St Arnaud, was Chief of the General Staff of the Australian Army
Government agencies in the town
- Victoria Police
- Northern Grampians Shire Council
- Country Fire Authority
- Victoria State Emergency Service
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "St Arnaud (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
- St Arnaud Festival
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11
- "St Arnaud Festival".
- Country Racing Victoria, Wimmera Racing at St Arnaud, archived from the original on July 23, 2008, retrieved 2009-05-07
- Golf Select, St Arnaud, retrieved 2009-05-11
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