Violet Town

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Violet Town
Victoria
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High Street
Violet Town is located in Shire of Strathbogie
Violet Town
Violet Town
Coordinates 36°38′0″S 145°44′0″E / 36.63333°S 145.73333°E / -36.63333; 145.73333Coordinates: 36°38′0″S 145°44′0″E / 36.63333°S 145.73333°E / -36.63333; 145.73333
Population 1,084 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3669
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Strathbogie
State electorate(s) Euroa
Federal Division(s) Murray

Violet Town is a town in northeastern Victoria, Australia. The town is in the Shire of Strathbogie local government area, 174 kilometres (108 mi) northeast of the state capital, Melbourne on the Hume Highway. At the 2011 census, Violet Town had a population of 1,084.[1]

The town is on Honeysuckle Creek and has many streets named after flowers, e.g. Lily Street, Rose Street, Orchid Street, Tulip Street, and Iris Lane.[2]

History[edit]

It was a coach stop on the Melbourne to Sydney road.

The Post Office opened on 1 July 1852 although closed from early 1854 until early 1859.[3]

Today[edit]

Violet Town has connections with Australian rock music - during the 1980s a song by The Church was named for the town, and more recently the town has been known for being the home of Jesse and Ella Hooper, members of rock band Killing Heidi.

Violet Town is one of few small rural towns (population under 1000) that has shown growth.[citation needed]

Violet Town Football Club play Australian Rules football in the Kyabram & District Football League.

Transport[edit]

The railway station is serviced by V/Line services between Melbourne and Albury. The town was the site of the Southern Aurora train crash in 1969 that caused the deaths of nine people.

Military History[edit]

During World War 2, Warragul was the location of RAAF No.13 Inland Aircraft Fuel Depot (IAFD), completed in 1942 and closed in 14 June 1944. Usually consisting of 4 tanks, 31 fuel depots were built across Australia for the storage and supply of aircraft fuel for the RAAF and the US Army Air Forces at a total cost of £900,000 ($1,800,000) [4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Violet Town (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Violet Town map". Google Maps. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 
  3. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  4. ^ Australia. Royal Australian Air Force. Historical Section (1995), Logistics units, AGPS Press, ISBN 978-0-644-42798-2 

External links[edit]

Media related to Violet Town, Victoria at Wikimedia Commons

Further reading[edit]

  • Chambers, Don, Violet Town or Honeysuckle in Australia Felix 1836-1908, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, 1985.