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Local History of Corangamite in Victoria, Australia

The region of Corangamite is located in southwestern Victoria, Australia, and covers an area of approximately 4,800 square kilometers. It is named after Lake Corangamite, the largest natural lake in Victoria, which is located in the center of the region. Corangamite is primarily known for its agriculture, with dairy farming, beef cattle, sheep, and cropping being the main industries.

Indigenous History

The indigenous people of the Corangamite region are the Gulidjan and Gadubanud people. They lived in the area for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans. The Gulidjan people inhabited the eastern part of the region, while the Gadubanud people lived in the west. They were semi-nomadic and relied on hunting, fishing, and gathering for their food.

The arrival of Europeans in the early 1800s had a significant impact on the indigenous population. Disease, displacement, and violent conflict led to a decline in numbers, and by the late 1800s, the indigenous population had been largely displaced.

European Settlement

The first Europeans to explore the Corangamite region were Major Thomas Mitchell and his party in 1836. They were followed by pastoralists who established sheep stations in the area. The town of Camperdown was established in 1851 as a service center for nearby pastoral properties. It was followed by other towns such as Cobden, Terang, and Timboon.

The discovery of gold in the nearby Ballarat region in the 1850s led to an influx of miners to the area, and many of them settled in Corangamite after the gold rush ended. The region experienced a period of growth and development as agriculture and other industries expanded.

Recent History

In the 20th century, Corangamite continued to be an important agricultural region, with the dairy industry playing a particularly significant role. The region has also become increasingly popular as a tourist destination, with attractions such as the Great Ocean Road, which runs along the southern coast of the region, and the Twelve Apostles rock formations.

In recent years, there has been increased concern about the impact of agriculture on the environment, particularly in relation to land use and water management. There has also been a growing awareness of the importance of preserving the region's indigenous heritage and promoting reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous people.

History of in Corangamite

The history of Corangamite is a complex and fascinating story that reflects the many challenges and opportunities faced by a region over time. From the indigenous people who lived there for thousands of years to the pastoralists, miners, and farmers who have called it home, Corangamite has been shaped by a variety of factors. Today, it is a vibrant and diverse region that continues to evolve and change.

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