Towns in Australia

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Nhill VIC


Postcode: 3418

Nhill is a town in the Wimmera, in western Victoria, Australia. Nhill is located on the Western Highway, half-way between Adelaide and Melbourne. The area has been home to the Wotjobaluk Aboriginal people for thousands of years and was first visited by Europeans in 1845.

The name Nhill comes from the Wotjobaluk word meaning ‘the abode of spirits’.[citation needed] Nhill was the first Victorian town after the state capital, Melbourne, to be supplied with electricity. Electric lighting was installed by 1892.

Nhill is the administrative headquarters for Hindmarsh Shire and its 2000 residents are mainly employed in either farming or food processing, most notably in grain and fowl. Tourism is another local industry; Nhill services the highway traffic passing through.

Nhill is the hometown of Australian rules football player Jason McCartney, who suffered severe injuries during the 2002 Bali terrorist bombing, and later recovered enough to make a comeback to the sport.