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Gordon, Victoria

Gordon
Victoria
Gordon Post office
Coordinates

37°35′0″S 144°06′0″E / 37.58333°S 144.10000°E / -37.58333; 144.10000Coordinates: 37°35′0″S 144°06′0″E / 37.58333°S 144.10000°E / -37.58333; 144.10000

Population 453[1]
Postcode(s) 3345
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Moorabool
State electorate(s) Ballarat East
Federal Division(s) Ballarat

Gordon is a small town in Victoria, Australia. The town is located on the Old Melbourne Road in the Shire of Moorabool local government area, 95 kilometres (59 mi) west of the state capital, Melbourne. At the 2006 census, Gordon had a population of 453.[1]

It was named after settler George Gordon.[2]

History

George Gordon settled the area in 1838 with a 30,000 acre stock farming run which was known to outsiders as "Gordons".[2]

During the Victorian gold rush it prospered due to being at the main road junction to the nearby goldfields of All Nation's Gully and Mount Egerton. Gold was discovered in the district in 1853 including around the town itself and several gold mining operations continued extracting in the subsequent decades.[2] The fledgling town had many Irish Australian settlers and those not involved in mining or commerce took up agriculture, notably potato farming.[3]

The local Post Office opened on 1 July 1858 and was known as Gordon's until 1887.[4]

At the peak of its boom, the town had as many as eight hotels, with banks and several stores.[2]

The local railway station on the Melbourne - Ballarat railway opened in 1879.

With the cessation of commercial mining in 1910, the town began to decline.[2]

The railway was closed in 1981[5][6] and the Western Freeway was built, bypassing it.

Since the 1990s, Gordon has experienced a revival due to the tree change phenomenon due to its large semi-rural blocks, quiet rural aspect and driving proximity to Ballan, Ballarat and the railway to Melbourne.

Geography and township

Gordon is situated on the undulating foothills of the Paddock Creek valley.

The commercial area is situated along Main Street (Old Melbourne Road) on the undulating foothills of the Paddock Creek valley and consists of a single hotel, general store, post office/store as well as several heritage buildings including St Patrick's Church and others adapted for residential purposes including a bank and an old store. There are also a number of tourist-oriented ventures operating within the township. The township is also serviced by a small government primary school, a small Roman Catholic primary school, a police station, and a community hall.

The town is laid out in grid plan with a network of wide single carriageway streets interrupted only by the topography including the curve of the creek and the peaks of the surrounding hills. This geography also defines the location and provision of sewerage network to the township provided Central Highlands Water in which properties are added to the reticulated service, and those that have septic or treatment plants. The cemetery is located on the eastern edge of township, and contains the relocated remains of the original cemetery that was initially located at the western edge of the town.

Internet connectivity is provided from the shared Gordon-Egerton ADSL2+ enabled Telstra exchange, and wirelessly by the National Broadband Network from either the Springbank and Mount Egerton towers.

The northern and western outskirts of town near the Western Freeway are forested with bush and pine plantations.

Transport

Gordon is an automobile dependent community. The Western Highway passes through Gordon and, though bypassing the centre of town, it provides a connection to the major cities of Melbourne and Ballarat. The Old Western Highway connects the town to the highway via road interchanges directly to the north and via Wallace further to the east. The Old Melbourne Road continues to provide an alternative route to both Ballarat to the west and Ballan to the east. The Gordon-Edgerton Road provides a direct connection to Mount Egerton to the south.

The only public transport is a bus link connecting Gordon to both Ballarat [7] and Ballan,[8] these services only operate once in the morning and once in the evening.

It is approximately a $30AUD taxi fare (15 minutes) to the nearest train station Ballan.

Since the success of the Regional fast rail project, the local community lobbied for the reopening of its station or improved access to Ballan Station. To date, however, their efforts have been unsuccessful.[9]

Culture and Sport

Australian rules football is the most popular participation and spectator sport. The Gordon Football and Netball Club (known as the Eagles and formed in 1979) plays out of the Gordon Recreational Reserve on Old Melbourne Road at the east of town and compete in the Central Highlands Football League.[10] The football is men's and mixed sex junior teams, with the club's only senior football premiership being in 1988 and has both junior and senior teams; and the netball teams being women's and girls teams.

Spudfest, held annually since 2009, was inspired by the success of a similar festival in Trentham. It is a festival celebrating the town's history and culture with such events as potato peeling competitions, spud and spoon races and spud golf.[11]

References

External links

  • Gordon community website
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