Towns in Australia

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Merino VIC


Postcode: 3310

Merino is a town in the Western District of Victoria, Australia. The town is located in the Glenelg Shire Local Government Area, 363 kilometres west of the state capital, Melbourne. At the 2001 census, Merino had a population of 217

The first European settlement of the area was in 1837, when Francis Henty, brother of Edward Henty, established Merino Downs station. Henty established the station after a report on the high quality pasture from explorer Major Thomas Mitchell at the Henty property near Portland. A store and post office agency was established in 1854 and the first town lots were sold the next year. The town continued to grow through the 1850s and 1860s with the construction of churches, hotels and schools.

In 1870, the courthouse was moved from Digby to Merino. The Merino co-operative butter factory was established around 1885. After World War I, the area was opened up for soldier settlement. In 1955, Merino was finally connected to the electricity grid.