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Jeparit

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Located near the southern shores of Lake Hindmarsh which is feed by the Wimmera River, Jeparit as a township formed in the 1860s to serve the local grain farmers and graziers (sheep and cattle) and with the exception of a tourism, pretty remains its purpose today. The township has a population of around 600 or so.

Jeparit Museum Antwerp Smithy
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The Antwerp blacksmith shed now located in the Jeparit Pioneer Museum. Antwerp is a small village located a few miles south of Jeparit.

Jeparit Pioneer Museum
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The Jeparit Pioneer Museum, or officially the Wimmera Mallee Pioneer Museum, contains collections of well restored buildings and artifacts from the northern Wimmera and Southern Mallee which give a fantastic insight into the lives of the early pioneers in the region. Many of the buildings have been relocated from surrounding townships.

Jeparit Museum Old Gaols
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The old Jeparit lockup and the Heywood (a township further south toward Portland) lockup now on display in the Jeparit Pioneer Museum.

The Wimmera River at Jeparit. Jeparit sits on the southern shores of Lake Hindmarsh which is feed by the Wimmera River. When full from good rain seasons, Lake Hindmarsh is Victoria’s largest fresh water lake.  While seasonal, the lake is a popular camping and fishing spot and teeming with wildlife. 

The Lutheran Church in Jeparit.  In the 1880s many German Lutheran settlers arrived in the area, including some from South Australia, looking for new land.  The settlers brought with them, for the time, modern agricultural machinery and techniques which greatly improved the land use in the region.