Walwa, Victoria

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Walwa
Victoria
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Walwa is located in Shire of Towong
Walwa
Walwa
Location in Shire of Towong, Victoria
Coordinates35°58′S 147°44′E / 35.967°S 147.733°E / -35.967; 147.733Coordinates: 35°58′S 147°44′E / 35.967°S 147.733°E / -35.967; 147.733
Population177 (2016 census)[1]
Postcode(s)3709
Location
LGA(s)Shire of Towong
State electorate(s)Benambra
Federal Division(s)Indi

Walwa (/ˈwɒlwə/; Aboriginal for "a place of waters"), is a town in the Shire of Towong in north east Victoria, Australia. The town is located 1 kilometre from the Murray River on the former Murray Valley highway between Wodonga and Corryong. At the 2016 census, the Walwa population had declined to just 177 having been 268 just ten years earlier.[1]

Across the river on the New South Wales side are the nearby towns of Jingellic and Tumbarumba.

History[edit]

A Post Office first opened on 1 March 1861 and closed in 1865. A Post Office again opened on 1 December 1885, although known as Walwa Creek from 1886 until 1905. Currently the Walwa Post Office is owned and operated by Belinda Mann, and services the areas of Walwa, Burrowye, Guys Forrest and Sandy Creek.[2]

This Aboriginal Country was the "Dhudhuroa" with Sub Tribe name "Walgalu" Tribe, which was from East of Jingellic to Tintaldra. Many sacred sites, scar trees and cave paintings are in the area.

Walwa Hotel was first built in the 1870s. The original timber hotel was burnt down in the 1930s and rebuilt from locally made bricks.. The "Old Brick Kiln" remains can still be seen on the Eastern side of the township.

The remnants of the Tin Mines are evident on the Western side of Walwa.

Walwa also had a Butter Factory, but closed in the 1970s. There was a large dairy industry in the district.

Attractions[edit]

Pine Mountain a few kilometres out of Walwa, located in the Burrowa-Pine Mountain National Park is the largest monolith in the southern hemisphere at 1.5 times the size of Uluru (Ayres Rock).

The town has an Australian rules football team competing in the Upper Murray Football League known as the Border-Walwa Magpies.

Golfers play at the course of the Walwa Golf Club on Murray River Road.[3]

Walwa also has a Town hall, Walwa Services Memorial Hall. This memorial hall (sometimes named Soldiers' Memorial Hall) commemorates the residents of Walwa who served their country in the First World War and the Second World War.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Walwa (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 15 August 2007.
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
  3. ^ Golf Select, Walwa, retrieved 11 May 2009

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