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Minyip

Minyip is a town in the Wimmera region of Victoria, Australia, 320 kilometres (199 mi) north west of Melbourne.

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  • Area:389.718 km2
  • Elevation:134 m
  • Population:524
  • Local Government Area:Yarriambiack Shire Council

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Minyip is a town in the Wimmera region of Victoria, Australia, 320 kilometres (199 mi) north west of Melbourne. It is in the Shire of Yarriambiack local government area.At the 2016 census, Minyip had a population of 524.The name "Minyip" is derived from an Aboriginal word for "ashes" or "camping place".The town is known as the "Heart of the Wheat Belt". Dryland agriculture especially grain production and handling is one of the region's major industries. # History Minyip will celebrate its 150 years on the long weekend in March 11-14th 2022. It will be a great celebration and all are welcome to attend. For more information please check the Facebook page Minyip’s 150 Year Celebration The area was first settled by European selectors in about 1872. The town became a rail-head when the railway arrived from Murtoa in 1886. A grain shed was used to store local wheat until silos were built in 1939–40. The town's courthouse dates from 1886 and the old office of the local newspaper The Guardian (1885) has been converted into an historical research centre by the local historical society. The Club Hotel (1907) and the Commercial Hotel (1908) are Edwardian buildings with wrought-iron lacework and leadlight windows. Violet's General Store dates from 1897.Minyip Post Office opened on 1 May 1875.There was a branch of the Commercial Bank of Australia in Minyip by 1891. The Colonial Bank of Australasia had a branch in the town by 1902. Scots-born Aboriginal rights activist and medical doctor Charles Duguid and his first wife, Irene, lived in Minyip for about 2 years after their marriage in 1912. He practised as a general practitioner during this time.The Minyip Magistrates' Court closed on 1 January 1983.An agricultural show was held in Minyip between 1887 and 2018, but was ceased due to an inability to gather a committee to run it. ## St John's Lutheran Church The German Lutherans, fleeing religious persecution, came to the area around Minyip in the mid-to-late nineteenth century. One group formed at the tiny village of Kirchheim, 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) south-west of Minyip. They built a weatherboard church there in 1875 but it was destroyed by a violent storm in 1889. This led to the construction, in that same year, of the present timber building. In 1935 this building, which had an estimated weight of 50 tons, was moved by steam traction engine to its present site on the corner of Church and Carrol Streets. It took three days to move the structure the 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from its original foundations. On the way it very nearly toppled over when it reached a rabbit warren and the weight caused the warren to collapse. St John's is a Gothic design which retains its fine octagonal steeple with belfry, 19th-century pipe organ, stained-glass lancet windows and pews, although the men no longer sit on the opposite side of the aisle to the women. # Weather # Things to do Minyip was the filming location for exterior scenes in the television series The Flying Doctors, representing the fictional outback town of Coopers Crossing. The Flying Doctors' headquarters, Cooper's Crossing Garage, and Majestic Hotel are all located on the main street of the town and still visit-able.However, they now have alternative uses as the Minyip Senior Citizen's Centre, Emma'sCafe and The Club Hotel respectively and a Men's Shed. As of 2021, the Club Hotel no longer operates as a hotel, and is instead home to Shammy's Cafe. In the Club Hotel, there is a room filled with Flying Doctors' memorabilia including signed scripts and props from the shows. The town has an Australian rules football team, The Minyip/Murtoa Kookaburras, competing in the Wimmera Football League. Main Street currently boasts an IGA supermarket, post office/pharmacy, cafe & takeaway, butcher, a second hand/op shop, Plants Artz, a caravan park, art and craft groups and one operating hotel – the Commercial Hotel, now known as the Minyip Hotel. The Club Hotel is currently closed. The children of Minyip attend a local kindergarten and primary school. There is a branch of WWHS on Church Street with a doctor from Tristar in attendance once a week and a nurse on full-time. Minyip is also the home of the Dunmunkle Lodge Retirement Village.Golfers play at the course of the Minyip Golf Club on Ubergangs Road each Sunday & Wednesday. There is also a bowling green, and an outdoor swimming pool. The Minyip Lions Club is very active, as is the Historical Society. There are numerous plaques displaying the history of the town, with the biggest concentration being in the town square and outside the Senior Citizen's Centre. Minyip hosts an annual car and motorcycle show, the Minyip Show and Shine, which has been held in the town since 2018.

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