Nhill, VIC Important regional service centre in the heart of the Wimmera Nhill is an important rural service centre surrounded by merino grazing and the Wimmera wheatbelt. There was a time when the town's grain silo was reputedly the largest single-bin silo in the Southern Hemisphere.
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The town is characterised by an attractive main street with a huge median strip which is so wide it contains Goldsworthy Park, a delightful spot with seats, neat lawns, trees and bushes, electric barbecues, a playground and a memorial statue to the Draught horse which was vital to the development of the Wimmera. Location Nhill is located km north-west of Melbourne - halfway between Melbourne and Adelaide - on the Western Highway. It is km south-east of Adelaide. They encountered a group of Wotjobaluk Aboriginal people camped by a swamp which was their spirit place and corroboree ground.
The squatters understood the place to be called 'nhill' or 'nyell'.
There are a number of interpretations of the word. Some suggest it meant "mist" or "spirits on the waters". Others argue that it reflected an identification between the swamp and the people - the sub-group Nyill of the Tyatyalla tribe. Macpherson named his run 'Nhill'. It provides a good map of the town as well as information about the history, activities, walks and reserves in the district.
The cottage was brought from Penola in South Australia where Nielson was born in It contains documents connected to the life of one of Australia's most admired lyric poets.
Due to serious drought, Shaw Neilson moved with his family from Minimay to a spot just west of Nhill in He and his father worked at various jobs in the area and both published their poetry in local papers. Nielson left town in Near the cottage is an old wheat wagon, formerly common throughout the area. A couple of kilometres out of Nhill, on the way to Kaniva, there is a roadside memorial indicating where the original Neilson cottage stood.
The tree has interesting signage which tells of how "This tree was removed from the Western Highway at the Jeparit Road junction. The bark was removed from the trunk around the year for use as a canoe. This was prior to the earliest exploration of the area by a European, Major Mitchell. The Nyill Balug people removed bark from tree to make items such as canoes, containers and shields and to make temporary shelters. They also cut 'toe holds' in trees to gain access to lookout points, possums, bees' nests and bark higher up in the tree.
Some of these practices are continued by Wotjobaluk people to this day. When full of water there is boating, water skiing, a boardwalk, a bird hide and plenty of birdlife to observe.
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However, a porous lake bed and unpredictable rains mean that it is often dry. It has cemetery records for the Nhill and surrounding district cemeteries, a photographic collection, rare books and displays. There are also crockery, glassware, kitchenware, household items, wedding dresses dating fromembroidery, Lowan Shire honour boards, and photographs.
It is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2. For more details check https: Post Office One of the town's few remaining pre tornado survivors is the fine two-storey brick post office which features window arches and decorative woodwork within the gables.
Look carefully at the foundation stone which has corn as a symbol of plenty, wine as a symbol of joy and oil as a symbol of gladness.
The memorial was modelled on a Clydesdale and modified to look like the draught horses which arrived in the district in and were responsible, among other duties, for hauling the local wheat harvest km to the railhead at Stawell.
This cutaway shows the position of the eggs in the mound. Today the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre tells the story of the local aviation history with displays and memorabilia, including the restoration of an Avro Anson and a very early example of a flight simulator.
In it added to its collection when a very rare restored Wirraway - the plane was used to train pilots during World War II, was added to the collection. It was constructed from literally dozens of old, broken Wirraways by Aircraft Engineer, Ben Sorenson.
It is open Did you know Drury Baseball is home to 4 former and current professional baseball players? Lewis played in 50 games for the team and batted a solid. Landsheft played 2 seasons as a member of the Diamondbacks rookie ball, and single A team, before moving to the Frontier League pitching for both the Gateway Grizzlies and the Windy City ThunderBolts. Trevor Richards is currently active in the Miami Marlins organization.
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Trevor was not drafted after completing his Drury career but that has not stopped him as in Richards was named by the Miami Marlins their Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Sterling Sharp is another pitcher that is currently active at the Major League level. You may not have known him, but baseball fans all over the Ozarks have seen Don as he humbly shared his baseball knowledge and time with players from little league to the college level.
He played in the legendary KOM league. Don was a baseball player.
His professional career ended after a 2 year military stint, as he completed his career in in the Northern League with the Grand Fork Hawks. As he was prone to do, Don wanted to be close to the game. At age 84 he was coaching first base in our Fall HS Baseball League and espousing the virtues of good base running to anybody within earshot. In case you haven't heard about the debut of our Kids Club, this season The Show Me Collegiate League has partnered with this amazing organization within our community to bring fun to the children in and around the !