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A-Z Challenge: L for Little River

April 15, 2016


I am back again for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge so have made the commitment to blog every day in April except the Sundays. Some bloggers choose a theme, and others do random posts. For me, a theme works better, so them I’ve chosen for 2016 is Towns in Victoria. I will be choosing  towns with a relevance to my family history, where possible.


L is for Little River,  a small town in Victoria situated about 50 kilometres from Melbourne to the south west. The town is quite close to Geelong and developed in 1839 when the Travellers Rest Inn opened on the track between Melbourne and Geelong.

After the arrival of the railway in 1856, Little River started to grew as settlers were drawn to the area to live their dream of a life on the land. After a few years natural disasters such as floods, fire, drought and pests turned these dreams into nightmares and many walked away from their land, sending Little River into a slump for many years.

There are a number of heritage sites still standing:

  • Little River Railway Station
  • Mount Rothwell Homestead
  • Rothwell Bridge


Mount Rothwell Homestead

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Rothwell Bridge

Today Little River is an agricultural town with a population of about 1400.

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  1. The town is beautiful 🙂

    The click, of railway station and mountains area are wow.

    @dixita011 from
    Cafenined words

  2. I find it interesting to see the brick buildings in rural Victoria compared to the timber ones on Qld.

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