Noojee is a town in the Gippsland region of Victoria, north of Warragul and east of Melbourne, in the Baw Baw local government area. At the 2006 census and the surrounding area had a population of 261; the town benefits from tourists passing through to the Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort, 48 kilometres away, as it is the last stop with tourism services. There are a number of walks in the area, including the Noojee Trestle Bridge, a 100m wooden rail bridge, it was first settled. Noojee became a major timber town when the railway connected the town to Warragul in 1919. Noojee Post Office opened on 3 May 1920, though an earlier office had been open between 1902 and 1904; the town was destroyed by bushfires in 1926 and again in the Black Friday fires of 1939. The only building left standing after both fires was the Noojee Hotel which served as community meeting point during the emergency; the hotel served as the school after the one room school was destroyed."Noojee" is an Aboriginal word meaning "valley of or place of rest".
Noojee is well known for its great trout fishing. A trout farm is located on the outskirts of the town. Toorongo Falls Reserve Media related to Noojee, Victoria at Wikimedia Commons Noojee & District Historical Society Incorporated Toorongo River Sanctuary
Drouin is a town in the West Gippsland region, 90 kilometres east of Melbourne, in the Australian state of Victoria. Its local government area is the Shire of Baw Baw; the town is named after a Frenchman who invented a chlorination process for the extraction of ore or an Aboriginal word meaning "north wind". New housing developments have accelerated the town's residential growth in recent years; as at the 2016 census, Drouin had a population of 11,887 people. Settlement in this part of Gippsland was rather delayed due to the dense forest. Pastoral runs were little developed. In 1867, a coaching station was established on the track into Gippsland at Brandy Creek, about 7 kilometres north-east of present Drouin. By the early 1870s, a small settlement had developed and land was being selected in the area. Meanwhile, contracts had been let for the construction of a railway from Melbourne into Gippsland. Workers' camps were set up along the route. There were three camps in the vicinity of Drouin. After the Gippsland Railway opened in 1878, a township was surveyed at Drouin Junction, soon known as Drouin.
A post office opened on 5 April 1876 and was renamed Jindivick in 1878. A post office named Drouin Junction opened on 1 January 1877 and was renamed Drouin in 1878; as Drouin developed, Brandy Creek, now called Buln Buln, had declined. When the Buln Buln Shire was formed in 1878, the administrative centre was located in Drouin; the new Tourists' Guide described the township in 1889. Throughout the 1880s, a number of small sawmills operated in the Drouin district, many transporting their timber by tramway to the railway station. In the 1890s, a quarry was opened south-east of Drouin, the stone being carried by tramway to a railway siding east of Drouin. In 1913, this quarry was operated by the shire; as land was cleared, dairy farming became the main industry. Butter and cheese were made on the farm. A creamery operated from 1891 to 1895 and in 1904 a co-operative butter factory was established at Drouin; when this factory was extended in 1907, an electric light plant was installed which provided light for the streets and homes of Drouin.
The factory supplied fresh milk to the Melbourne market from 1915. Over the years, the company acquired other dairy companies and enlarged its own operation, producing casein, skim milk and butter-oil as well as butter and cheese, it became part of the Bonlac company which closed it down, removing the town's biggest employer. Flax was grown around Drouin during the two world wars. A private factory operated for a while and in 1941, the government constructed a factory to manufacture canvas goods for military use; the town has progressed steadily. In 1904, the population was 700. By 1933, there were just over 1,000 inhabitants and by 1970, 2,750. From the 1970s, the subdivision of an industrial estate on the south-east edge of the town had encouraged the growth of light industry. A number of housing subdivisions have been initiated, as well as rural residential subdivision on the fringes of the town; the construction of a freeway bypassing Drouin allowed the remodelling of the shopping centre. By 1981, the population was 3,492 and in 1991 was 4,100.
The Victorian Municipal Directory described the town in 1994. The town forms part of a combined urban area; the estimated urban population for this area was 35,353 at June 2016. Drouin holds an annual Ficofolia Festival. Ficifolia are the flowering gum trees; this celebration includes the town gathering in the main street of Drouin and watching the local schools and participating businesses showcase who they are and what they do. Every year there is a theme which participants in the festival are encouraged to incorporate into their float or costumes; the participants of the parade begin from the Drouin Football Oval, through the main street, finish at Drouin Civic Park. Here, the town continues its celebration with bands playing in the park, food trucks, market stalls, finishes with a movie in the park and fireworks; the town has Drouin Dragons Soccer Club, playing in the Gippsland Soccer League. The town has an Australian Rules football team playing in the Gippsland Football League. Drouin has a picnic horse-racing club, the Drouin Picnic Racing Club, which holds two race meetings a year with the Drouin Cup on Boxing Day.
The racecourse is set on a golf course. Golfers play at the Drouin Country Club on Mcglones Road. Drouin's large retail stores include a Woolworths supermarket, a Coles supermarket. Other businesses in the town include fast food businesses, restaurants, Tattersall's, Westpac Bank. Several of the local businesses have relocated in recent times from the southern side of the shopping precinct on Princes Way, due to land acquisition for the construction of a multistory retail shopping complex. Abbey's Cafe closed down, the long-standing Drouin Cycles moved to a location on the other side of Princes Way. Drouin is serviced by three local papers - The weekly Warragul and Drouin Gazette, The Trader and the independent monthly and online paper the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen. According to the Warragul Regional Newspapers website, The Gazette and The Trader are distributed to locations from as far as Pakenham to Moe and from Poowong to Noojee; the Warragul Citizen was established in 2011 as a quarterly print paper before becoming bimonthly in 2012, covering Warragul and Yarragon.
The paper's online news offering covers all of Baw Baw. The paper moved to being online-only in 2013, it returned
Icy Creek, Victoria
Icy Creek is a locality in Victoria, located on Mount Baw Baw Road, in the Shire of Baw Baw. Icy Creek Post Office opened on 1 December 1934 and closed in 1968
Warragul is a town in Victoria, Australia, 102 kilometres east-southeast of Melbourne. Warragul lies between the Strzelecki Ranges to the south and the Mount Baw Baw Plateau of the Great Dividing Range to the north; the town is named after an Aboriginal word meaning "wild dog". As at the 2016 census, the town had a population of 14,276 people. Warragul forms part of a larger urban area that includes nearby Drouin that had an estimated population of 35,353 at June 2016. Warragul is the main population and service centre of the West Gippsland region and the Shire of Baw Baw; the surrounding area is noted for dairy farming and other niche agriculture and has long been producing gourmet foods. Warragul was settled after the construction of the Traralgon railway line in 1877, the post office opening on 16 March 1877. Existing roads were renamed Princes Highway after the visit to Australia in 1920 of the Prince of Wales; the highway was opened on 10 August 1920 at a ceremony in Warragul. Warragul's Petersville Milk Products Factory in Queen Street supplied the famous Peters Ice Cream brand's factory in Mulgrave with all the dairy raw material for 35 years.
The plant manufactured skim milk powder under the famous Dutch Jug brand and butter under the Iceberg brand. It exported butter oil and milk powders to Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Warragul was voted Premier Town in Victoria, 1970-1973. Warragul is located on a lobe of hills that extend north from the Strzelecki Ranges near Ellinbank, joining the foothills of the Baw Baws in the Neerim District; this range is referred to as the Warragul Hills. The range separates the flatlands of the Koo Wee Rup swamp in the west and the Moe Swamp on the eastern side. Warragul contains the Linear Park Arts Discovery Trail, a trail covering several adjacent parks in the town, it features painted bollards and murals. The trail joins up with the Drouin to Warragul Two Towns Trail. Warragul is the major township closest to the home of the Gippsland Field Days. Three major events are held at Lardner Park each year—the Farm World agricultural show, Trucks In Action, Harvest of Gippsland; the Farm World agricultural show is a major drawcard for the Warragul area.
Every year in late March, Warragul plays host to these Field Days at Lardner Park. The Field Days are Australia's premier mixed farming Field Days and they include one of Australia's most diverse ranges of beef cattle and horticulture exhibits. Warragul is home to the annual Warragul Show, held on the first Friday of March each year, it is traditionally a farming and livestock show, but includes rides, games and showbags. It is held at the Warragul showgrounds. For a town of its size, Warragul has a large education industry with four primary schools, three secondary schools and two tertiary institutions. Both Warragul Primary and Warragul North Primary are state primary schools, St. Joseph's Catholic Primary is a Catholic school, St. Paul's Anglican Grammar School is an Anglican Church of Australia primary school. Warragul & District Specialist School is a junior school that focuses on educating children aged 5 to 10 years of age; the school uses a series of teaching tools such as PECS and AUSLAN.
There are three secondary schools in Warragul, these include Warragul Regional College, Marist-Sion College and St Paul's Anglican Grammar School. Warragul Regional College was formed in 1994 from the merger of Warragul High School and Warragul Secondary College. Marist-Sion College was formed in 1975 as a result of the merger between the Marist Brothers Boys College and the Our Lady of Sion Girls College. St. Paul's Anglican Grammar School was formed in 1982 with just nineteen year 7 students and has grown quite in recent years. St. Paul's Anglican Grammar School is divided into two campuses, with the year 9 campus located in the former James Miller Rope Factory next to the golf course; the Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE has a campus located to the south of the CBD adjacent to the railway station. The Education Centre Gippsland has taken over the courses provided by the McMillan Institute of Land and Food Resources, a former campus of the University of Melbourne; the courses offered encompass the areas of agriculture, equine management, harness racing and conservation and land management.
Warragul railway station is a staffed V/Line station located to the south of the Warragul CBD. The railway station is situated on the Bairnsdale V/Line rail service, which services the towns between Bairnsdale and Southern Cross station in Melbourne. Warragul has a modest bus network consisting of four routes within the town's boundaries; each route has a frequency of three services a day. There are bus services to neighbouring towns; the Warragul bus network was upgraded with the Myki technology, fitted to all town buses. This ticketing system has been implemented on the V/Line Train services during 2014–15. Warragul United Soccer Club was founded in 1963 and represent the town in Association Football, playing in the Victorian State League Division 1 South East; the Warragul Warriors are the representative teams of the Warragul and District Amateur Basketball Association. They have a long history of success, most winning the Gippsland and State titles in the Country Basketball League; the town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the major Gippsland Football League, the Warragul Football Club and another, t
Yallourn North, Victoria
Yallourn North is a small country town in the City of Latrobe, Australia. It is eight kilometres north-east of Moe, 146 kilometres south-east of Melbourne. Prior to 1947 Yallourn North was known as "Brown Coal Mine"; the Post Office opened on 3 September 1917 as Brown Coal Mine and was renamed Yallourn North in 1947. This tiny hilltop town contains many churches, including the only Serbian Orthodox Church and Mosque in the region. Sports available are Australian rules football, lawn bowls and carpet bowls and angling. There is a Social Golf Club, pistol club; the town has an Australian Rules football team, Yallourn-Yallourn North, which competes in the Mid Gippsland Football League. Yallourn North owes its origins to the discovery of brown coal in the Morwell area of Gippsland, in eastern Victoria. Private enterprise unsuccessfully attempted to profit from the large quantity of coal, accessible close to the surface; the Victorian Mines Department took over the abandoned mine in 1917, after protected strikes by coal miners in New South Wales threatened Victoria's electricity Supply.
In 1917 the need for a school became evident. W. H. Dooley reported; the address of the school was given as "Great Morwell Coal Mine" and a large marquee was used as the school building. The school was allocated the temporary number 3967, still in use today. After a tear in the marquee during a storm in December 1918, the school was temporarily relocated to Bevis's Pioneer Boarding House until a new structure could be built on the old site. Over the years demand grew; the current school building was constructed in the late 1960s. During the Second World War, an area within a radius of 5 miles from the open cut mine was designated as a Prohibited Area for aircraft. Anti-aircraft defences were erected in late 1941, with the placement of four static Bofors guns to help protect the mine and State Electricity Commission of Victoria infrastructure; each group of four Bofors guns needed 90 people to operate them, but neither the Australian Army nor the Volunteer Defence Corps could find enough available operators.
The location of the Bofors guns was between Boundary Road and Anderson Avenue. The township underwent a massive transformation after 1950. On 29 June 1950, thirty people narrowly escaped death as 250,000 long tons of earth and brown coal slid 300 feet into the old open cut. After the slip, a number of owners moved their shops to where they are today, the reason why shops at Yallourn North aren't in one central location; the eastern half of town was redesigned, with the addition of streets such as Gooding Street, Low Road, East Street. After the Kennett Government privatised and sold the SECV in 1994, Yallourn North was affected economically. Many people moved away from the area in search of work elsewhere, following the loss of 4,500 jobs in the greater Latrobe Valley during the three years to 1993. However, over the last 20 years the town has undergone a resurgence, with the economy of Latrobe City now finding its feet, new families moving in to replace those of old. After the Big Slip of 1950, the town's shops temporarily moved into the camp recreation building while a new building was sourced.
A Nissen hut was brought in pieces from an SECV work yard on trucks, erected in Reserve Street. Purvis's, Meadows Bakery and a hairdresser moved to the hut; the businesses moved out in turn. Ernie Pincini from Mirboo North transformed the Nissen hut into a picture theatre, it was supposed to open in November 1955 but given post-war work shortages and huge labour demand elsewhere, it didn't open until June 1961, not long before the first television transmission to the area by GLV-10, which saw the picture theatre's demise. After 1962 the hall was re-opened as a public facility. Known as Yallourn North Hall, the name Monash Hall adorns the building today. In the 1990s the hall received a minor facelift and coat of paint, was further improved in 2008, with an upgrade to the kitchen. In October 2013 the regional growth fund assisted in the completion of a $680,000 redevelopment of the hall; the local cricket club, junior football club agreed to merge their facilities under the one roof at the hall.
Eight months of renovations took place resulting in a brand-new multi-purpose commercial kitchen, new club rooms and toilet facilities, as well as extra meeting rooms and wheelchair facilities. It was opened by mayor Sandy Cam on 15 October 2013; as well as the sporting groups, common users of the hall include Moartz, Line Dancers, Yallourn North Action Group, Yallourn North Primary School. It has held other events such as ballet classes and hosted a primary school in the emergency following a fire in the Hazelwood open cut mine. In 1933 work on building St. Brigid's commenced, on land donated by the SECV, on the corner of North Road and Reserve Street, it was opened and blessed on 1 March 1936 by Bishop Ryan, assisted by Father Nolan, the first mass was celebrated that same day. Under Father Walsh, the church was enlarged in 1950 by the addition of the "T" shaped part at the rear; the original building was lifted and moved at an angle to accommodate the extension on the same block. A few of the parishioners collected money via door knocking to raise extra funds for the work.
In December 1979 the house next door became the official Presbytery and was blessed in a ceremony conducted by Bishop Fox. No longer used as a Presbytery, it is once more a private home. St. James's was built on "the hill", on a site in Reserve Street, was ded
Australian rules football
Australian rules football known as Australian football, or called Aussie rules, football or footy, is a contact sport played between two teams of eighteen players on an oval-shaped field a modified cricket ground. Points are scored by kicking the oval-shaped ball between behind posts. During general play, players may position themselves anywhere on the field and use any part of their bodies to move the ball; the primary methods are kicking and running with the ball. There are rules on how the ball can be handled: for example, players running with the ball must intermittently bounce or touch it on the ground. Throwing the ball is not allowed and players must not get caught holding the ball. A distinctive feature of the game is the mark, where players anywhere on the field who catch the ball from a kick are awarded possession. Possession of the ball is in dispute at all times except when mark is paid. Players can use their whole body to obstruct opponents. Dangerous physical contact, interference when marking and deliberately slowing the play are discouraged with free kicks, distance penalties or suspension for a certain number of matches, depending on the seriousness of the infringement.
The game features frequent physical contests, spectacular marking, fast movement of both players and the ball and high scoring. The sport's origins can be traced to football matches played in Melbourne, Victoria in 1858, inspired by English public school football games. Seeking to develop a game more suited to adults and Australian conditions, the Melbourne Football Club published the first laws of Australian football in May 1859, making it the oldest of the world's major football codes. Australian football has the highest spectator attendance and television viewership of all sports in Australia, while the Australian Football League, the sport's only professional competition, is the nation's wealthiest sporting body; the AFL Grand Final, held annually at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, is the highest attended club championship event in the world. The sport is played at amateur level in many countries and in several variations, its rules are governed by the AFL Commission with the advice of the AFL's Laws of the Game Committee.
Australian rules football is known by several nicknames, including Aussie rules and footy. In some regions, it is marketed as AFL after the Australian Football League. There is evidence of football being played sporadically in the Australian colonies in the first half of the 19th century. Compared to cricket and horse racing, football was viewed as a minor "amusement" at the time, while little is known about these early one-off games, it is clear they share no causal link with Australian football. In 1858, in a move that would help to shape Australian football in its formative years, "public" schools in Melbourne, Victoria began organising football games inspired by precedents at English public schools; the earliest such match, held in St Kilda on 15 June, was between Melbourne Grammar and St Kilda Grammar. On 10 July 1858, the Melbourne-based Bell's Life in Victoria and Sporting Chronicle published a letter by Tom Wills, captain of the Victoria cricket team, calling for the formation of a "foot-ball club" with a "code of laws" to keep cricketers fit during winter.
Born in Australia, Wills played a nascent form of rugby football whilst a pupil at Rugby School in England, returned to his homeland a star athlete and cricketer. His letter is regarded by many historians as giving impetus for the development of a new code of football today known as Australian football. Two weeks Wills' friend, cricketer Jerry Bryant, posted an advertisement for a scratch match at the Richmond Paddock adjoining the Melbourne Cricket Ground; this was the first of several "kickabouts" held that year involving members of the Melbourne Cricket Club, including Wills, Bryant, W. J. Hammersley and J. B. Thompson. Trees were used as goalposts and play lasted an entire afternoon. Without an agreed upon code of laws, some players were guided by rules they had learned in the British Isles, "others by no rules at all". Another significant milestone in 1858 was a match played under experimental rules between Melbourne Grammar and Scotch College, held at the Richmond Paddock; this 40-a-side contest, umpired by Wills and Scotch College teacher John Macadam, began on 7 August and continued over two subsequent Saturdays, ending in a draw with each side kicking one goal.
It is commemorated with a statue outside the MCG, the two schools have competed annually since in the Cordner-Eggleston Cup, the world's oldest continuous football competition. Since the early 20th century, it has been suggested that Australian football was derived from the Irish sport of Gaelic football, not codified until 1885. There is no archival evidence in favour of a Gaelic influence, the style of play shared between the two modern codes was evident in Australia long before the Irish game evolved in a similar direction. Another theory, first proposed in 1983, posits that Wills, having grown up amongst Aborigines in Victoria, may have seen or played the Aboriginal game of Marn Grook, incorporated some of its features into early Australian football; the evidence for this is only circumstantial, according to biographer Greg de Moore's research, Wills was "almost influenced by his experience at Rugby School". A loosely organised Melbourne side, captained by Wills, played against other football enthusiasts in the winter and spring of 1858.
The following year, on 14 May, the Melbourne Football Club came into being, making it one of the
Modella is a bounded rural locality in Victoria, Australia, 77 kilometres south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the Shires of Baw Baw and Cardinia local government areas. Modella recorded a population of 148 at the 2016 Census. Modella Post Office opened on 2 December 1904 and closed in 1962