Digby, Victoria

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Digby
Victoria
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Digby
Coordinates 37°48′0″S141°32′0″E / 37.80000°S 141.53333°E / -37.80000; 141.53333 Coordinates: 37°48′0″S141°32′0″E / 37.80000°S 141.53333°E / -37.80000; 141.53333
Population369 (2006 census) [1]
Postcode(s) 3309
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Glenelg
State electorate(s) Lowan
Federal Division(s) Wannon

Digby is a town in the Western District of Victoria, Australia. The town is in the Shire of Glenelg, 366 kilometres (227 mi) west of the state capital, Melbourne, on the Stokes River, a tributary of the Glenelg. At the 2006 census, Digby and the surrounding area had a population of 369. [1] The town is believed to be named either after Digby, Lincolnshire, in England, or in honour of a legendary early rural Australian identity, "Digby" McCabe. [2]

The Henty Brothers established the first European settlement in the Digby area in 1837. In 1843, the Woolpack Inn was established near modern Digby; it burnt down in 1887. By 1847 the town consisted of the inn, a blacksmith and a series of huts. The town was officially surveyed in 1852. [2] On 1 June 1858, Digby Post Office opened. [3] In 1857, a second innthe Digby Hotelwas established. It still exists today, although it was rebuilt after a fire in 1935. [2]

The Digby Mechanics Institute was built in 1868 and has continually operated since. The first sitting of the Supreme Court of Victoria outside Melbourne was in Digby in 1869. [2] By 1874 the town had a post office, two hotels, four shops and a school. [2]

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References

  1. 1 2 Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Digby (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 14 November 2008.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 "Digby, Victoria, Australia : Settlement & Timeline". Ballarat Genealogy. Archived from the original on 3 December 2008. Retrieved 14 November 2008.
  3. Premier Postal History. "Post Office List" . Retrieved 11 April 2008.