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Jeparit

Jeparit is situated on the Wimmera River in Western Victoria, Australia, 370 kilometres (230 mi) north west of Melbourne.

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  • Area:716.222 km2
  • Elevation:87 m
  • Population:477
  • Local Government Area:Hindmarsh Shire Council

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Jeparit is situated on the Wimmera River in Western Victoria, Australia, 370 kilometres (230 mi) north west of Melbourne. At the 2016 census Jeparit had a population of 342, down from 394 five years earlier. # History The area around Jeparit had been home to the Gromiluk Aborigines prior to European settlement.The name Jeparit is believed to be derived from a Gromiluk word meaning "home of small birds".European settlement began in the 1880s when German Lutheran immigrants began to settle and grow wheat. The town was surveyed in 1883 and gazetted in 1889, the post office opening on 31 August 1889though known as Lake Hindmarsh until December 1889. Two earlier post offices called Lake Hindmarsh had existed in the area at various times since 1861 to serve a smaller population of graziers.Jeparit's most famous son is former Australian Prime Minister and founder of the Liberal Party, Sir Robert Menzies, who was born in the town in 1894.He is commemorated with a spire and a memorial bust installed at the town square. The spire is topped with a ornament resembling a Scotch Thistle which contains his ashes.The spire is inscribed: This spire has been erected by the people of Jeparit and district, to honour Sir Robert Menzies. The spire symbolises the rise to world recognition of a boy who was born in Jeparit and who rose by his own efforts to become Australia's Prime Minister and a statesman recognised and honoured throughout the world. # Weather # Things to do

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