Korumburra, Victoria

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Commercial Street
Korumburra is located in South Gippsland Shire
Coordinates38°26′0″S 145°49′0″E / 38.43333°S 145.81667°E / -38.43333; 145.81667Coordinates: 38°26′0″S 145°49′0″E / 38.43333°S 145.81667°E / -38.43333; 145.81667
Population3,639 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)South Gippsland Shire
CountyBuln Buln
State electorate(s)Gippsland South
Federal Division(s)McMillan

Korumburra is a town in the Australian state of Victoria. It is 120 kilometres (75 mi) south-east of Melbourne. The town is 227 metres (745 ft) above the sea level. In 2006 there were 4465 people living in Korumburra.

History[change | change source]

The word Korumburra is believed to be an Aboriginal word meaning "maggot".[2]

The first European settlers began farming cattle in the area in 1846.[2] In 1878 coal was discovered at what was called Coal Creek.[2] Farmers began to create small farms in the area. In 1887 the town was planned to be along the railway line which would go to the coal mine.[2]

The first Post Office in the area opened on 1 September 1884. The railway arrived in 1891.[2] The first school opened in 1897.

The Town today[change | change source]

Korumburra is the home of Coal Creek Community Park and Museum. This museum shows life in the area from the 1870s to 1920s, as the town rapidly expanded following the discovery coal.[source?] The outdoor museum covers 30 acres (120,000 m2) of bushland, including 60 exhibits. These include the Giant Earthworm, National Bank, Anzac exhibit, mining exhibits, dairy exhibit at the Boston Carriageworks and Railway Museum. The Park is free entry and open Thursdays to Mondays, and seven days a week during school holidays. A tramway runs on weekends around the lower end of the park with an old-time farm and bush oval.[source?] Many local organisations use the Park and environs and special events are held during the year.[source?]

There is an Olympic swimming pool (open November–March), basketball stadium, art gallery, the South Gippsland tourist railway.[source?] The towns main industries include dairy and beef.[source?] The region is home to the world's largest earthworms. The town is also home to Burra foods which is a dairy company.[source?]

The town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Alberton Football League.[3]

The town has a soccer team competing in the South Gippsland Soccer League under the name Korumburra City.[4]

Golfers play at the course of the Korumburra Golf Club on Warragul Road.[5]

In DC Comics about The Flash, Korumburra, spelled Kurrumburra, is the home town of Captain Boomerang.[source?]

Transport[change | change source]

Korumburra is also the home of the popular tourist railway South Gippsland Railway which operates a heritage railway service between Leongatha and Nyora.[6] Heritage trains are operated each Sunday and on public holidays.

Korumburra was on the South Gippsland railway line went to Leongatha until 1993. A V/Line road coach service replaced the rail service. The line beyond Leongatha is being used as a rail trail for public use.

Earthquakes[change | change source]

On 6 March 2009 an earthquake of 4.7 on the Richter scale was recorded 7 km (4 mi) west of Korumburra.[7] A second 4.7 tremor was recorded two weeks later on 18 March 2009; the epicentre was 5 km (3 mi) north of the town.[8] No damage was reported.[9]

As of 2 April 2009, fifteen earthquakes and aftershocks have been recorded around the town during 2009.[10]

On 5 July 2011, a 4.4 earthquake with the epicentre on Korumburra was felt over much of suburban Melbourne as well.[11]

Notable people[change | change source]

Notable people from Korumburra include:

References[change | change source]

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Korumburra". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 November 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Korumburra | Victorian Places". victorianplaces.com.au. 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  3. Full Points Footy. "Korumburra-Bena". Retrieved 2008-07-25.[dead link]
  4. "Korumburra City Soccer Club". kcsc.teamapp.com. 2015 [last update]. Retrieved 20 August 2015. Check date values in: |year= (help)
  5. Golf Select. "Korumburra". Retrieved 2009-05-11.
  6. "South Gippsland Railway | Enjoy The Ride". sgr.org.au. 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  7. "Recent Earthquake : N of Korumburra VIC". Retrieved 2009-04-02.
  8. "Recent Earthquake : Korumburra, VIC". 18 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-02.
  9. The Age Melbourne hit by tremor March 18, 2009. Retrieved March 18, 2009.
  10. "Recent earthquakes measured by Geoscience Australia". Retrieved 2009-04-02.
  11. "Earthquake report from Geoscience Australia".