Warracknabeal, Victoria


Warracknabeal, Victoria

Infobox Australian Place | type = town
name = Warracknabeal
state = vic



caption = Coronation Bridge, Warracknabeal
lga = Shire of Yarriambiack
postcode = 3393
est =
pop = 2625 (2006)Census 2006 AUS | id = SSC26935 | name = Warracknabeal (State Suburb) | accessdate = 2007-10-01 | quick = on]
elevation= 113
maxtemp = 22.2
mintemp = 8.6
rainfall = 397.4
stategov = Lowan
fedgov = Mallee
dist1 = 359
dir1 = NW
location1= Melbourne
dist2 = 58
dir2 = N
location2= Horsham
dist3 = 60
dir3 = W
location3= Donald

Warracknabeal is a wheatbelt town in the Australian state of Victoria. Situated on the banks of the Yarriambiack Creek, 330 km north-west of Melbourne, it is the business and services centre of the northern Wimmera and southern Mallee districts, and hosts local government offices of the Shire of Yarriambiack. At the 2006 census Waracknabeal had a population of 2625.

History

The original inhabitants of the area around Warracknabeal were the Wotjobaluk tribe of aboriginal people. The town's name is believed to derive from an aboriginal expression meaning "place of big gums shading the water hole". The earliest settlers in the area included Andrew and Robert Scott, who established the first run of the name. ["Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Australian Places", 1993.]

The Post Office opened on 1 September 1861 and was known as Werracknebeal until 1885. Citation
last = Premier Postal History | title = Post Office List | url = https://www.premierpostal.com/cgi-bin/wsProd.sh/Viewpocdwrapper.p?SortBy=VIC&country= | accessdate = 2008-04-11
]

Amongst the historical buildings are an 1872 prison cell built from red and yellow gum, a Tudor-style post office, and a four storey water tower from 1886. There is also an agricultural machinery museum housing pieces from the history of farming in the Mallee and Wimmera districts.

port

The town has an Australian Rules football team (Warrack Eagles) competing in the Wimmera Football League.

Notable people

The town is the birth place of the playwright Jack Hibberd, the musician Nick Cave, the track and field athlete Lauren Hewitt, and AFL footballer Kyle Cheney. It is also the hometown of AFL player Matthew Rosa, although he was born in Horsham.

ee also

*Warracknabeal Airport

References

External links

* [http://www.vcpa.com.au/Vic/warracknabeal_herald.html Warracknabeal Herald]
* [http://web.mac.com/warracknabeal.sc/Site/Welcome.html Warracknabeal Secondary College]
* [http://walkabout.com.au/locations/VICWarracknabeal.shtml A more detailed guide to Warracknabeal at "Walkabout.com.au"]
* [http://www.fallingrain.com/icao/YWKB.html Airport Warracknabeal - Maps, Weather, etc.]


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