Strathbogie 3666Strathbogie is a rural village and locality 18 km. south-east of Euroa. It is situated at the northern foot of the Strathbogie Ranges which are about 125 km. north-east of Melbourne.
Strathbogie is named after the Strathbogie pastoral run, 1843-82, which in turn was possibly named after the valley of the Bogie River in Aberdeen shire, Scotland. (Strath is derived from a Gaelic work meaning valley.)
During the 1870s the pastoral run was thrown open for selection and by 1880 small bush schools were opened at Strathbogie, Strathbogie West and Strathbogie North. Several families of selectors came from Whittlesea and Geelong.
Methodist and Presbyterian churches were opened at Strathbogie in 1884 and 1885.
The Strathbogie Ranges were renowned as a hide-out for the Kelly gang before the members were killed or captured at Glenrowan in 1880. The ranges are a tableland which attracts an average annual rainfall of 85 cm. Dairying and oat production became major industries.
Because of the difficulty of road communication to Euroa, two cooperative butter factories were established, and a cooperative retail store was opened in 1903. Sheep grazing for wool has replaced some of the former dairy herds since the high postwar wool prices.
Strathbogie village has a saleyard, a reserve with tennis courts and an oval, a golf course, a church, a hall and a school. Its elevation is about 500 metres, and the average elevation of the ranges is about 700 metres. There are extensive pine plantations, particularly in the ranges east of Strathbogie.
On 18 November, 1994, Strathbogie shire was formed by the amalgamation of most of Euroa, Goulburn and Violet Town shires and part of Seymour rural city and McIvor shire. The shire comprises 3,304 square kilometres extending from Costerfield (near Heathcote) to beyond Violet Town. Its census population of 8,794 persons in 1996 had a median age of 41 years, the fifth highest of any local-government area in Victoria. The median income of residents of 15 years or more was $210 a week, relatively low compared with the Victorian median of $290 a week.
Strathbogie's census populations have been 401 (1911), 289 (1947) and 270 (1961).
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