Yarroweyah 3644Yarroweyah is a rural village and district 6 km. west of Cobram in northern Victorian. It is on the branch railway line between Strathmerton and Cobram.
Yarroweyah (also spelt Yarroweya), was the name of a pastoral run taken up in 1842 by Elizabeth Hume, the widowed sister-in-law of the explorer, Hamilton Hume. (It was later named the Yarrawonga run, extending from Cobram to Yarrawonga, twenty-five kilometres eastwards.)
During the 1870s large pastoral runs came under closer settlement, mainly for wheatlands. Yarroweyah's settlers had a school opened in the Wesleyan church in 1881, and another school was opened at Yarroweyah South in 1884. A third school was opened at Yarroweyah North, also known as Koonoomoo in 1891. A Presbyterian church was opened in 1882.
In 1947 an area of 4,450 ha. was acquired for soldier-settler farms in Yarroweyah. Eighteen farms became 108 irrigated farms, and the district's population grew from 60 to 360. Despite the growth in population the schools were closed between 1950 and 1953 as pupils were bussed to the Cobram consolidated school. The school building at Yarroweyah became a scout hall.
Yarroweyah has many irrigated properties, particularly south of the village which has a public hall and a reserve with ovals.
Yarroweyah's census populations have been 81 (901), 374 (1911), 282 (1947) and 838 (1961).
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