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Warburton is a town in
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, east of Melbourne's
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is the
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. At the , Warburton had a population of 2,012 people.


History

The name "Warburton" has been shared between two townships over the years. The mining town of "Yankee Jim's Creek" was located on the gold-bearing slopes of Mount Little Joe. Hostile terrain, fire, drought, flood, steep slopes, unsustainable roads, crime and easier pickings for miners further upstream put an end to "Old Warburton". Land was surveyed and sold in the valley below in 1884 (1884 Selections (on the Upper Yarra), Woori-Yallock and Warburton, County of Evelyn artographic materiallithographed at the Department of Lands and Survey, Melbourne by W. J. Folwarczny, 2.4.1884.Melbourne:Dept. of Lands and Survey, State Library of Victoria). The Post Office opened around 1884. Two earlier offices named Warburton were renamed as and Hoddle's Creek. Warburton was connected to Lilydale by a
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, which was closed in 1965. The railway path is now used for the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail, a
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used by pedestrians, cyclists, and horse-riders. East of Warburton is a large water catchment area called Upper Yarra Dam, which is designed to supply Melbourne with water sourced from the Thomson catchment area. Robert Hoddle first surveyed this area in 1845 after persistent overwhelming floods impounded development for the city of Melbourne. Together with its neighbouring township Millgrove, Warburton has an
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football team (Warburton Millgrove) competing in the Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League. Warburton was named after the middle name of unpopular goldfields Police Magistrate for Castlemaine, Charles Warburton Carr by District Surveyor Clement Hodgkinson during the 1860s. It received an official title in 1884. Hodgkinson became Australia's Father of Forestry. Carr was confronted with a population explosion upon opening of the Yarra goldfields in 1859 amid economic depression and was honoured for dutiful administration of the law despite public protests against him. Carr was also Secretary to the Government Inquiry into the Eureka Stockade 3 December 1854 at Ballarat. Charles Warburton Carr never lived in Warburton, he lived in Avoca. Hodgkinson's influence is extensively documented. He is Australia's Father of Forestry. Robert Brough-Symth's (1869) reprint 1980 ''The Goldfields and Mineral Districts of Victoria'', Queensberry Hill Press, Carlton, refers to development of the upper Yarra (p. 110) "Much was done under Mr Hodgkinson's direction, and by the Prospecting Board, to open up the country, but its rich soils, perennial streams and delicious climate are not sufficient to attract to the spot those who vainly seek employment in the streets of Melbourne". Hodgkinson's good friend, Gold Commissioner for Bendigo and Magistrate for the Yarra Valley, Joseph Panton, named Mt Donna Buang above Warburton in 1865. The sketch map of the upper Yarra water and new bridle track to Woods Point, from Lillydale to Traveller's rest on great mountain road, lithographed at Office of Lands and Survey, 11 Sept. 1865, is available online at the State Library of Victoria. In a letter to ''The Argus'' 1 July 1911, Panton stated, "having ascertained from the chief and head of the aboriginal tribe of the Yering valley that the mountain was known as 'Donna Buang' I at once entered that name. My map was published by the Crown Lands department on the original scale of two miles to the inch." Panton was Colonel Anderson's nephew; both good friends with Melbourne Botanic Gardens creator Baron Von Mueller and Hodgkinson. The last major town before Warburton, Lilydale, has similar polar histories, an evidence base that shows that Hodgkinson named the town after Lilly de Castella, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel
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in the 1850s, and another history, proposes it was named by public servant clerk John Hardy who heard convicts singing when building a road. The town attracted the wealth of Federation tourism at the turn of the 20th century. It was a honeymoon town. Golfers play at the course of the Warburton Golf Club on Dammans Road.


Notable people

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Jon Johanson Jon Johanson (born 1956) is an Australian aviator known for his pioneering flights in a home-built Van's Aircraft RV-4. Early life Johanson was born in 1956 in Warburton, Victoria, Warburton, Victoria, the third of four children. His father was ...
(1956–), aviator *
Lindsay Thompson Lindsay Hamilton Simpson Thompson Order of Australia, AO, Order of St Michael and St George, CMG (15 October 1923 – 16 July 2008) was an Australian Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division), Liberal Party politician who served the 40th P ...
(1923–2008), politician *
Diana Trask Diana Roselyn Trask (born 23 June 1940) is an Australian-born country and pop singer. In the early 1960s she was a regular pop music performer on United States TV shows, ''Don McNeill's Breakfast Club'' and ''Mitch Miller#Sing Along with Mitch, ...
(1940–), country singer * Timothy James Webb (1967–), artist


See also

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Warburton railway station Warburton railway station was a station in the upper reaches of the Yarra Valley, 72 kilometres east of Melbourne, and the terminus of the Warburton railway line. The station opened on 13 November 1901 and closed with the line on 1 August 1965 ...


References


External links


WarburtonInfo - Since 2009 - Over 500 pages of Community, Tourism and Mt Donna Buang Snow Information)

The Official website Visit Warburton - Warburton Valley Community and Economic Development Association (CEDA)
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