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About Maryborough

Maryborough, Victoria


is a small city in VictoriaAustralia, located on the Pyrenees Highway, 58 kilometres (36 mi) north ofBallarat, 168 kilometres (104 mi) north-west of Melbourne, in the Shire of Central Goldfields. At the 2011 census, Maryborough had a population of 7,630.



McLandress Square, with the post office and court house



The area was originally inhabited by the Dja Dja Wurrung people. The first Europeans to settle were the Simson brothers, who established a sheep station, known as Charlotte Plains, in 1840. Gold was discovered at White Hill, 4 kilometres north of Maryborough, in 1854, leading to prospectors rushing to the area. At its peak Maryborough is reported to have had a population of up to 50,000 although local historian Betty Osborn, of Maryborough-Midlands Historical Society inc., says it was closer to 30,000.

The town site was surveyed in 1854, with a police camp, Methodist church, and hospital amongst the first infrastructure. The Post Office opened on 19 October 1854.

The settlement was originally known as Simsons, but later changed to Maryborough by the gold commissioner James Daly, after his Irish birthplace. One of Victoria's earliest newspapers, The Maryborough Advertiser, was established in 1854. Land sales commenced in 1856, and Maryborough became the administrative and commercial centre of the area. The town became a borough in 1857.

The last gold mine in Maryborough closed in 1918. In 1924 the Maryborough Knitting Mills opened, which established the town as a centre for the wool industry. Maryborough became a city in 1961.






Maryborough railway station



Maryborough is connected to both Ararat and Elphinstone via the Pyrenees Highway, with connections to the capital Melbourne and Northern Victoria and beyond. Maryborough railway station is located on the Mildura Railway line. In 2007 the station underwent a $1.2 million upgrade to conduct vital repairs to the historic bell tower, clock and roof which was built in 1890. In 1895 American writer Mark Twain visited the town and remarked about the station upon his visit.





The town hosts a market on the first and third Sunday of each month, a Highland Gathering on New Year's Day (which has been held since 1857), the Golden Wattle Festival in August or September, the Gourmet Grapes & Gardens Weekend in October, and the Australasian Goldpanning Championships in October or November. Maryborough also plays host to the RACV Energy Breakthrough in which thousands of students, teachers, parents and spectators from around Australia come to the town to witness a Human Powered Vehicle race where teams can complete up to 888 kilometres (552 mi) in 24 hours.





According to the 2006 census, there are 7,692 people that reside in Maryborough. Like many regional centres, a high percentage of the population (86.1%) were born in Australia, with England (3.3%), New Zealand (0.5%) and Scotland(0.4%) notable countries of birth outside Australia.

Technicians, trade workers and labourers (36.7%) make up the bulk of the workforce with Professionals, Sales Workers and Managers contributing to large portions of the city's employment base. Just over 25% of the population describe themselves as Anglican, with over 20% of the population claiming no religious affiliation. CatholicsPresbyteriansSalvation Army and Baptists also contribute to the Christian majority of the population.





Maryborough has three schools:






Maryborough has a number of community bands including the Maryborough City Brass Band, the Maryborough Big Band, the Maryborough and District Pipe Band and the well-known Maryborough Traditional Jazz Ensemble. Recent years has seen an outbreak of local alternative bands and performers gain a dedicated following. Some examples of this rock trend include Storm Front and recent Battle Of The Bands winners Hidden Vision.





The town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the major Bendigo Football League. and another two other teams, Maryborough Rovers and Royal Park, competing in the minor Maryborough Castlemaine District Football League. Maryborough also has a soccer team competing in the Ballarat & District Soccer Association Maryborough Harness Racing Club conducts regular meetings at its racetrack located at nearby Carisbrook. Golfers play at the course of the Maryborough Golf Club on Park Road. 

There are three cricket clubs in Maryborough. The Colts Phelans Cricket Club, the M.K.M. Cricket Club, and the Maryborough Cricket all compete in the Maryborough District Cricket Association.

Maryborough after years of having a strong competition in Grass Hockey have this year folded, leaving them with only the one team competing in the B women level in the Hockey Central Vic in bendigo. Maryborough have been premiers the last two years running and currently sit on top of the ladder as they go for three in a Row.

In basketball, the Maryborough Blazers compete in the Country Basketball League North East league, with a team in both the Men & Women's competitions. Australian NBA player Matthew Delladova grew up in this town.



SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maryborough,_Victoria

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