Friday, September 14, 2012

Inverleigh Hotel, Victoria

Inverleigh Hotel

Inverleigh is a small rural township in Victoria, Australia located 28 kilometres (17 mi) west from the City of Geelong and 87 kilometres (54 mi) from the state capital, Melbourne. At the 2006 census, Inverleigh had a population of 562.

Very little has been recorded of the original inhabitants of the area. The few records available are reports of conflict. In the summer of 1837-38 a band of aborigines attacked the lower station of the Clyde Company (near Lullote) with two aborigines being killed and another injured and in 1839 George Russell reported natives sheep duffing.
It has been speculated that the first European to arrive in Inverleigh was William Buckley, but the first European known to have visited Inverleigh was the surveyor J.H. Wedge who arrived in 1835, probably naming the Leigh River after his Tasmanian farm 'Leighlands'.

The hotel was built about 1860, but was never formally named, it has always been known as the 'Inverleigh Hotel'.

Today, the town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Geelong & District Football League.
The town also has a lawn bowling club with one synthetic green.
Golfers play at the course of the Inverleigh Golf Club on Common Road.
The railway station is closed to passengers, being a siding on the line between Melbourne and Adelaide. Inverleigh is 104 kilometres (65 mi) from Melbourne by rail.

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