Wahgunyah

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Wahgunyah
Victoria
Wahgunyah.JPG
The main street of Wahgunyah, looking from the Murray River crossing to Corowa.
Wahgunyah is located in Shire of Indigo
Wahgunyah
Wahgunyah
Coordinates 36°00′0″S 146°23′0″E / 36.00000°S 146.38333°E / -36.00000; 146.38333Coordinates: 36°00′0″S 146°23′0″E / 36.00000°S 146.38333°E / -36.00000; 146.38333
Population 891 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3687
Elevation 143 m (469 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Indigo
State electorate(s) Benambra
Federal Division(s) Indi
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
22.5 °C
73 °F
8.8 °C
48 °F
539.4 mm
21.2 in

Wahgunyah /wəˈɡʌnjə/ is a town in northeastern Victoria, Australia. The town is on the southern bank of the Murray River, opposite Corowa, New South Wales, in the Shire of Indigo. Wahgunyah is 298 kilometres (185 mi) north east of the state capital, Melbourne and 51 kilometres (32 mi) west of Albury/Wodonga. At the 2011 census, Wahgunyah had a population of 891.[1]

The name is believed to be an aboriginal phrase meaning the resting place of crows.[citation needed]

History[edit]

The Wahgunyah cattle run was leased by John Foord and John Crisp in 1841. The township was established by Foord in 1856 and became important before the arrival of the railway in 1879 as the furthest upstream port on the Murray.[2] The Post Office opened on 1 July 1858 [3] and a school opened the same year.

All Saints Estate winery to the north of town was established in 1864 by Scottish emigrants George Sutherland Smith and John Banks and its extensive cellar building was, at least in part, modelled on one of the Queen's castles, the Castle of Mey near Smith and Banks's home town Caithness.[4]

The town today[edit]

The main factory of Nestlé’s breakfast cereal arm Uncle Tobys is on the outskirts of Wahgunyah.

The town has an Australian rules football team in the Tallangatta & District Football League after having been in the Coreen & District Football League until 2007.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Wahgunyah (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Kelly Gang story, Wahgunyah, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  3. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  4. ^ "Guide to George Sutherland Smith and Sons (All Saints) Records". University of Melbourne archives. University of Melbourne. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Wahgunyah, Victoria at Wikimedia Commons