Avenel, Victoria

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Avenel is located in Shire of Strathbogie
Location in Shire of Strathbogie
Coordinates 36°54′S 145°14′E / 36.900°S 145.233°E / -36.900; 145.233Coordinates: 36°54′S 145°14′E / 36.900°S 145.233°E / -36.900; 145.233
Population 1,048 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3664
LGA(s) Shire of Strathbogie
State electorate(s) Euroa
Federal Division(s) Murray
Localities around Avenel:
Nagambie Ruffy Ruffy
Seymour Avenel Ruffy
Seymour Whiteheads Creek Killingworth

Avenel is a small town in Victoria, Australia. It is in the Shire of Strathbogie local government area. At the 2006 census, 728 people lived in Avenel.[2] The town was built on the old Hume Highway. The new Hume Freeway now goes around the town. The town has sporting clubs for football, netball, tennis, cricket and lawn bowls. The town is about 15 minutes north-east of Seymour along the Hume Highway.

Bushranger Ned Kelly lived in Avenel when he was young. He saved a boy from drowning in Hughes Creek and was given a green silk sash as a reward. He was wearing this sash under his armour when he was captured by the police after the Siege of Glenrowan.[3] His brother and father are buried in the Avenel cemetery.

There is a railway station in Avenel which is on the main line between Melbourne and Albury.

References[change | change source]

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Avenel (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  2. Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Avenel (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-05-16. 
  3. http://www.ironoutlaw.com/html/history_01.html