Towns in Australia

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Dimboola VIC


Postcode: 3414

Dimboola is located in Hindmarsh Shire in the Wimmera region of Western Victoria, Australia, 334 kilometres north-west of Melbourne. Named after the Sinhalese word meaning ‘land of figs’, Dimboola’s original inhabitants were the Wotjobaluk aboriginal people before initial European settlement in 1846. Dimboola’s economy is predominantly rural, with wheat, sheep and timber being traditionally important, although there have been recent forays into emu and alpaca rearing and olive plantations.

Paintings of Dimboola landscapes by noted Australian painter Sidney Nolan, who was stationed in the area while on army duty in World War II, can be found in the National Gallery of Victoria. Dimboola is also the setting of the play Dimboola by Jack Hibberd.

The town’s secondary college, is the only memorial secondary college in the Southern Hemisphere, hence its name, Dimboola Memorial Secondary College.