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Dimboola

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Directly north of Horsham, with around 1,500 people, is the rural country township of Dimboola. The local economy is based around agriculture; wheat, sheep and timber. Dimboola is immediately adjacent to the north east edge of the Little Desert National Park and a good jumping off place for visits to the park.

Dimboola Old Shire Hall 001
By Mattinbgn (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Sheep were bought to the area in the 1840s. The township was originally called Nine Creeks and was a popular place for wagoners in the 1860s and gradually a town began to form. That name was based on the several creeks that arise in the area during floods along the Wimmera River which flows through the township.

The township was later renamed based on a borrowing from a Sri Lankan word “dimbula”; meaning “land of figs.” The renaming is entirely coincidental based on the District Surveyor at the time observing figs were growing in the region.

The Dimboola Victoria Hotel was built in 1924 with one of its purposes to provide the town with more accommodation for travellers passing through. The opening of the hotel had a crowd of 400 town people and the local brass band playing.

Fog by blachswan, on Flickr

The Wimmera River as it passes through Dimboola.  Apart from its importance in irrigation, the river is a popular fishing spot with murray cod, freshwater catfish, golden perch, redfin, tench and European carp all being found in it. As a source of recreation, the river offers the Dimboola Regatta for rowers in November and water skiing is also popular.

Dimboola Victoria Coffee Palace

Mrs Clark’s Victoria Coffee Palace in Dimboola. The building of ‘coffee palaces’ started in 1879 as part of the temperance movement in Victoria. There were dozens of such palaces, often very elaborate buildings, in Melbourne and regional and seaside areas.