Stonehaven, Victoria

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Stonehaven
GeelongVictoria
Stonehaven old school.JPG
Former school at Stonehaven
Stonehaven is located in Golden Plains Shire
Stonehaven
Stonehaven
Coordinates 38°07′21″S 144°13′31″E / 38.12250°S 144.22528°E / -38.12250; 144.22528Coordinates: 38°07′21″S 144°13′31″E / 38.12250°S 144.22528°E / -38.12250; 144.22528
Population 267 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 3221
LGA(s) Golden Plains Shire
State electorate(s) Polwarth
Federal Division(s) Corangamite
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 community started agitating for a post office as early as 1883, when over 30 people signed a petition to the government.[4] The Stonehaven Post Office opened in 1927 and was closed in 1958.[5]

The school was No. 2199. A contract for £320 15s 6d to build a wooden school building was given to H. Moran in April 1879.[6] From 1879 to 1926 the school was known as the Lower Leigh State School.[7] In 1880 the teacher, J. McCann, wrote to the Geelong Advertiser about the difficulty students from Barrabool had reaching the school after a flood had damaged the bridge.[8] In 1935 the Public Works Department approved additions to the teacher's residence at the school to a value of £309.[9]

In 1953, farmers discovered rabbits at Stonehaven which had become immune to myxomatosis.[10] 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.[11]

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. ^ "TOWN TALK.". Geelong Advertiser (Vic. : 1859 - 1924) (Vic.: National Library of Australia). 17 December 1883. p. 2. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Post Office List - PPA". premierpostal.com. 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "MELBOURNE.". Geelong Advertiser (Vic. : 1859 - 1924) (Vic.: National Library of Australia). 30 April 1879. p. 2. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Public Record Office Victoria online catalogue". access.prov.vic.gov.au. 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "LOWER LEIGH STATE SCHOOL.". Geelong Advertiser (Vic. : 1859 - 1924) (Vic.: National Library of Australia). 6 October 1880. p. 3. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "TENDERS ACCEPTED Public Works Department.". The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) (Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia). 9 November 1935. p. 28. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "'Super-rabbits' now!". The Argus. 27 November 1953. p. 7. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "Gnarwarre crew praised". CFA Connect. 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 

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