Colbinabbin 3559Colbinabbin is a rural district with a small township in northern Victoria between Rushworth and Elmore.
Colbinabbin was one of four pastoral runs taken up by Edward Curr in 1844, and was watered by the Cornella Creek and Lake Cooper. Its name is thought to be derived from an Aboriginal word meaning dingo caught in a trap.
In 1858 the run passed out of Curr's hands. A group of German settlers purchased farm allotments on part of the run and established a small community. The balance of the run was acquired by lease by John Winter, another pastoralist with vast land holdings, and in 1867 he built a two storey homestead mansion with extensive out-buildings. It is on the Register of the National Estate.
In 1871 the German community opened a school, which the government took over two years later.
The Cornella Creek and adjoining country provided good dry-farming land. Wheat harvests were high, and more settlers were attracted to the Lake Cooper area and Carag Carag to the north of Colbinabbin.
Colbinabbin was situated between the two northern railway lines from Melbourne to Echuca and Melbourne to Shepparton. Agitation began in 1907 for a westerly branch railway line from Murchison, via Rushworth. Population increases had occurred in 1904 when the remaining land of the old Colbinabbin pastoral run was subdivided for closer settlement. A Rushworth and Colbinabbin Railway Trust levied rates on local properties to pay for the railway, which opened in 1914. The Colbinabbin station became a major wheat-handling terminal.
Colbinabbin has maintained a range of village facilities, including a school (34 pupils, 1998), a public hall, a church, stores, a hotel, a golf course, a swimming pool and a recreation reserve. The railway line has been closed.
Colbinabbin's census populations have been 30 (1891), 246 (1911), 224 (1954) and 152 (1966).
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