Stonehaven, Victoria

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Stonehaven
GeelongVictoria
Stonehaven old school.JPG
Former school at Stonehaven
Coordinates 38°07′23″S 144°13′48″E / 38.123°S 144.230°E / -38.123; 144.230Coordinates: 38°07′23″S 144°13′48″E / 38.123°S 144.230°E / -38.123; 144.230
Population 267 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 3221
LGA(s) City of Greater Geelong
Suburbs around Stonehaven:
Bannockburn Gheringhap Batesford
Murgheboluc Stonehaven Fyansford
Gnarwarre Barrabool Ceres
Stonehaven CFA

Stonehaven is a small settlement about 10 km west of Geelong, Victoria, on the Hamilton Highway. It consists of a number of scattered farmhouses, the former primary school building (now a private residence), a community hall (now derelict) and a Country Fire Authority (CFA) fire station. The fire station is sometimes used as a polling booth for state and federal elections.[2] The Ceres Bridge Estate winery has its vineyard in Stonehaven, producing chardonnay and pinot noir.[3]

The Stonehaven Post Office opened in 1927 and was closed in 1958.[4]

In 1953, farmers discovered rabbits at Stonehaven which had become immune to myxomatosis.[5] These so-called "super rabbits" had appeared only three years after the virus had been released to control rabbit numbers.

In 2012 a CFA fire truck became bogged in a paddock at Stonehaven while fighting a grass fire. The crew had to abandon the $500,000 tanker which was extensively damaged by the fire.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Stonehaven (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2012-06-21. 
  2. ^ "Polwarth District Polling Places". pandora.nla.gov.au. 2004. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Geelong Grammar School and the wine industry". pandora.nla.gov.au. September 2003. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Post Office List - PPA". premierpostal.com. 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "'Super-rabbits' now!". The Argus. 27 November 1953. p. 7. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Gnarwarre crew praised". CFA Connect. 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 

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