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Youanmite is a rural village and district in northern Victoria, 17 km. west of Tungamah and 47 km. north-east of Shepparton. Its name is thought to be derived from an Aboriginal word meaning hill. The nearest hill, however, is seven kilometres to the south-east.

The Youanmite district was quite widespread, as schools were opened at Youanmite (1881), Youanmite North (1888) and Youanmite South (1918). When the railway line was opened between Dookie and Katamatite in 1892, a Youanmite township developed around the railway station, and a fourth school was opened in the Anglican church hall.

Youanmite was a farming and dairying district shortly after the turn of the century, with three churches, a creamery and butter factory, a saw mill, a hotel, a store, a post office and the schools already mentioned. The flat land has good chocolate soil. Youanmite is about five kilometres east of the East Goulburn Main (irrigation) Channel. The school had thirteen pupils in 1998.

Youanmite's census populations were 266 (1911), 112 (1947) and 59 (1961).


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