Avenel, Victoria

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Coordinates: 36°53′34″S, 145°13′51″E

Main street
Population: 728[1]
Postcode: 3664
LGA: Shire of Strathbogie
State District: Benalla
Federal Division: Indi
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.[1] 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.[2] 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.

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