Northern Grampians Shire, Victoria
Following the explorations of Major Thomas Mitchell in the late 1830s, the Northern Grampians district was first settled by sheep and cattle pioneers who discovered the region’s premium pastoral land and grazing conditions.
Soon after, the discovery of gold led to a rush of prospectors to the district and the townships of Stawell and St Arnaud fast became thriving communities.
The shire’s townships were major transport exchanges and important centres to the development of the Wimmera district sheep run.
Further development was achieved when small farmers diversified from the traditional wool and sheep industries into broadacre cropping and specialty farming. As farming activities intensified, local trade and commercial enterprises soon established and flourished.
Recognition and preservation of the natural, spiritual, cultural and built forms including heritage buildings, monuments and streetscapes are of major importance to the shire’s heritage conservation policy.