Post office and war memorial
|Population||2,745 (2011 census)|
|Elevation||113 m (371 ft)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Yarriambiack|
Warracknabeal is a small town in the north west of Victoria. It is 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. In 2011 there were about 2,745 people living in the local area.
History[change | change source]
The first people to live in the Warracknabeal area were the Wotjobaluk, a group of Aboriginal people. The town's name is believed to be an aboriginal word meaning "place of big gums shading the water hole". The earliest European settlers in the area included Andrew and Robert Scott, who started a large sheep farm named Warracknabeal.
The Post Office opened on 1 September 1861 and was known as Werracknebeal until 1885.
There are several historic buildings, including an 1872 prison cell built from red and yellow gum, a Tudor-style post office, several 19th century hotels, and a four storey water tower from 1886. There is also farm machinery museum which shows the history of farming in the Mallee and Wimmera districts.
Nearby places[change | change source]
The Warracknabeal area includes:
- Batchica (post office opened as Yellanghip South in 1908, renamed Batchica in 1909 and closed in 1931)
- Challambra (post office opened as Challamba Dam (sic) around 1902, renamed Challamba in 1905 and closed in 1918)
- Mellis  (post office opened around 1907 and closed in 1954).
Healthcare[change | change source]
Schools[change | change source]
The town has four schools:
- Warracknabeal Secondary College
- Warracknabeal Primary School
- St Mary's Catholic Primary School
- Warracknabeal Special Developmental School.
Sport[change | change source]
Warrack Eagles Netball Club plays in the Wimmera Netball Association.
The town also has a Yarriambiack Tennis Association. The town's teams consist of Bangerang, Cannum and Ailsa.
It also has the Sheep Hills Race Club, which schedules two race meetings a year, including the Sheep Hills Cup meeting in February.
Golfers play at the Warracknabeal Golf Club.
Warracknabeal also has a Cricket team (St Marys Cricket Club) which plays in the Wimmera Mallee Cricket Association.
Warracknabeal has three hockey teams, a senior men's team known as Hoops a women's team, and a mixed junior team called Revengers.
Government[change | change source]
Warracknabeal is home of the Shire of Yarriambiack. It is also the administrative centre. The council offices are located in Lyle Street.
The former town hall and theatre complex (built 1939-40), added to the Victorian Heritage Register in 2009, is now used for civic purposes.
Easter Y-Fest[change | change source]
YFest includes an Easter Saturday Street Parade, a three day Vintage Machinery Rally at Wheatlands Museum, four day Golf Tournament, three day Art Show, Easter Saturday Race Meeting and Waterski Spectacular. The Easter Y-Fest began in 1988 and is organised by the Y-Fest Promotions Committee Inc. This Committee, made up of representatives from each of the individual event committees and Council.
Notable people[change | change source]
- Nick Cave (1957–), musician
- Jeremy Clayton (1981–), Australian rules footballer
- Kyle Cheney (1989–), Australian rules footballer
- John Hayes (1939–), Australian rules footballer
- Jack Hibberd (1940–), playwright
- Matt Rosa (1986–), Australian rules footballer
- Graeme Schultz (1953–), Australian rules footballer
References[change | change source]
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Warracknabeal (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
- Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Australian Places, 1993.
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11
- "Acute Care RNH". RNH Webpage. RNH. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
- Country Racing Victoria, Wimmera Racing at Warracknabeal, retrieved 2009-05-07[dead link]
- Country Racing Victoria, Sheep Hills Race Club, retrieved 2009-05-07[dead link]
- Golf Select, Warracknabeal, retrieved 2009-05-11
Other websites[change | change source]
Media related to Warracknabeal at Wikimedia Commons