Bandiana 3691Bandiana, consisting mainly of a military establishment, is immediately south-east of Wodonga in north-eastern Victoria.
Early authorities state that the name arose from an Aboriginal woman with bandy legs, but that view is most likely fanciful. A later authority states that the name is derived from an Aboriginal word meaning hill. While Bandiana is on flat ground, it is overlooked by Huon Hill to the north and Bears Hill to the south. (Charles Huon was a pioneer of Wodonga.)
During the second world war a military camp was established at Bandiana and at nearby Bonegilla. The Bandiana camp has become a large military area for Army logistics, ordnance and electrical and mechanical engineers. There is also an Army College of TAFE and an Ordnance Corps museum at Gaza Ridge Barracks. Bandiana has a primary school (opened 1952), post office, church and golf course. The Kiewa River is to the east of Bandiana.
Bandiana's census populations have been 22 (1933), 532 (1947) and 173 (1961).
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