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Local History of Greater Shepparton, Victoria, Australia

Greater Shepparton is a local government area in the north-central part of Victoria, Australia. It covers an area of 2,422 square kilometers and has a population of around 66,000 people. The area includes the city of Shepparton and the towns of Mooroopna, Tatura, Dookie, and other smaller communities.

Indigenous History

The traditional owners of the land on which Greater Shepparton is located are the Yorta Yorta people. They have lived in the area for tens of thousands of years and have a rich history and culture. The Yorta Yorta people are one of the largest Indigenous groups in Victoria and have maintained a strong connection to their land and heritage.

European Settlement

European settlement in the Greater Shepparton area began in the mid-1800s, when squatters began to take up land along the Goulburn River. The town of Shepparton was surveyed in 1853 and named after the nearby Shepparton Station, which was owned by the wealthy Sidney Myer.

Shepparton grew quickly, with many settlers attracted by the fertile soils and the potential for agriculture. The town became a major center for dairy farming, with milk production and processing becoming a significant industry in the region.

20th Century

The 20th century saw significant growth and development in Greater Shepparton, with the town and surrounding districts becoming important centers for manufacturing, education, and healthcare.

  • In 1939, the Goulburn Valley Agricultural College was established in Shepparton, which later became part of La Trobe University.
  • The Shepparton Preserving Company was established in 1942, which later became SPC Ardmona, a major food processing company.
  • In 1967, the Goulburn Valley Base Hospital was opened, providing a major healthcare facility for the region.

Recent History

In the 21st century, Greater Shepparton continues to grow and diversify, with new industries such as renewable energy and tourism emerging. The area is also home to a large number of multicultural communities, with many migrants and refugees choosing to settle in the region.

  • In 2015, Greater Shepparton was chosen as the site for the world's largest solar power station, the Gannawarra Solar Farm.
  • The region has also become an important center for education, with a number of primary, secondary, and tertiary institutions operating in the area.
  • Greater Shepparton is also known for its vibrant arts and culture scene, with a number of festivals and events held throughout the year.

History of in Greater Shepparton

The local history of Greater Shepparton is rich and diverse, with a long Indigenous history, a strong European settlement legacy, and a continuing tradition of growth and innovation. The people of Greater Shepparton are proud of their heritage and committed to building a positive and inclusive future for their community.

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