Kialla & Kialla West 3631The Kialla district is in the Goulburn Valley irrigation area, 10 km. south of Shepparton in northern Victoria. It is thought that the name was derived from that of an Aboriginal sub-tribal group. The name was also applied to part of the Goulburn River.
In 1870 the Kialla primary school was opened, and in 1876 the Kialla West school was opened. They coincided with the subdivision of pastoral runs for farm selections. In 1893 the Kialla Village Settlement was opened, consisting of lots averaging two or three hectares on sandy soil, east of the Goulburn River and south of the railway line to Shepparton. It was mainly used for orchards. The holdings have been consolidated and mined for building sand since the 1920s.
The Kialla West and Kialla townships are south of the village settlement.
The Kialla district came under irrigation in 1924. Kialla West developed as the larger town, situated between the Goulburn River and a State Park to the west and Seven Creeks to the east. Both it and Kialla have primary schools with about seventy pupils each (1998), sports facilities and horse-training tracks. Kialla also has a public hall.
The district census populations have been 502 (1911) and 307 (1933). Later censuses were 113 Kialla, 99 Kialla East, 126 Kialla West and 85 Village Settlement (1947) and 151 Kialla, 100 Kialla East, 168 Kialla West and 110 Village Settlement (1961).
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