Deserted Homestead V02 - Dimboola

Jennifer Craker

Rupanyup, Australia

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An abandoned homestead near Dimboola, Victoria Australia

In 1871 the population was recorded as 78. However, selectors began to take up land as of 1873.

The majority were Germans moving from South Australia, though there were also Irish and Scots. The selectors provided stimulus to the settlement, initiating the shift from grazing to wheat-cultivation, although their presence caused resentment among squatters whose land tenure was tenuous.

They were finished off by drought and the rabbit plague which began in 1880.

Dimboola is now a quiet wheatbelt town of around 1700 people situated on a fine stretch of the Wimmera River by the edge of Little Desert.

The surrounding area is stil given over to the cultivation of wheat, oats, barley and wool. A ten year drought has impacted the area again and many homes are lying deserted again.

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