Dimboola

Dimboola, Victoria

Dimboola is located in Shire of Hindmarsh in the Wimmera region of Western Victoria, Australia, 334 kilometres north-west of Melbourne. At the 2006 census Dimboola had a population of 1863.

Named after the Sinhalese word meaning 'land of figs', Dimboola's original inhabitants were the Wotjobaluk aboriginal people before initial European settlement in 1846.

The Post Office opened on 3 April 1863, but was known as Nine Creeks until 1869.

Dimboola's economy is predominantly rural, with wheat, sheep and timber being traditionally important, although there have been recent forays into emu and alpaca rearing and olive plantations.

Paintings of Dimboola landscapes by noted Australian painter Sidney Nolan, who was stationed in the area while on army duty in World War II, can be found in the National Gallery of Victoria. Dimboola is also the setting of the play (and subsequent film) Dimboola by Jack Hibberd.

The town's secondary college, is the only memorial secondary college in the Southern Hemisphere, hence its name, Dimboola Memorial Secondary College.

The Dimboola Show is held on the third Thursday in Oct and co-incides with Caulfield Cup Day.

Transport

The Dimboola railway station has V/Line coach services. The Overland stops at the station thrice per week.

Sport

Dimboola has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Wimmera Football League.

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