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Wedderburn

Wedderburn is a rural town in Victoria, Australia on the Calder Highway, 214 kilometres (133 mi) north of Victoria's capital city, Melbourne.

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  • Area:206.554 km2
  • Elevation:191 m
  • Population:941
  • Local Government Area:Loddon Shire Council

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Wedderburn is a rural town in Victoria, Australia on the Calder Highway, 214 kilometres (133 mi) north of Victoria's capital city, Melbourne.At the 2011 census, Wedderburn had a population of 680. It is mainly a farming community but its early residents were gold miners and prospectors. # History The post office opened on 1 August 1856, after the first gold rush to the area commenced in 1852, but it was known as Korong until 1858. The railway arrived in 1883, linking Wedderburn with Charlton and Bendigo via Inglewood. In the Bendigo Advertiser of 14 May 1884 it was written: "That well-known locality, Korong Vale, has been re-christened. It has been so determined in consequence of the confusion of names, there being a Korong (now Wedderburn), a Kerang, a Mount Korong, and the Korong Vale. The latter has now received the dignified lordly title of Rosebery or Rosebury, I know not which, but I am disposed to think that its new title will be more in the name than in the reality, and that the word "Vale" will still be generally used." The Hand of Faith gold nugget, weighing over 27 kilograms was found at Kingower near Wedderburn in 1980.It was sold to the Gold Nugget Casino in Las Vegas for over a million dollars and is currently on display there.This discovery created another gold rush to the Wedderburn area, this time with metal detectors, not picks and shovels. # Weather # Things to do

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