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Encyclopedia > Port Fairy, Victoria

Port Fairy is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia, located on the Princes Highway, 28 kilometres west of the Warrnambool, 290 kilometres west of Melbourne, in the Moyne Shire. The Moyne River empties into the Southern Ocean at Port Fairy. The town has an approximate population of 2700. Motto: Peace and Prosperity Other Australian states and territories Capital Melbourne Governor HE Mr John Landy Premier Steve Bracks (ALP) Area 237,629 km² (6th)  - Land 227,416 km²  - Water 10,213 km² (4. ... The Princes Highway is a segment of Australias Highway 1 that extends from Sydney to Adelaide, via Melbourne. ... Warrnambool War Memorial Warrnambool is a regional city of 29,500 people on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia, located in the municipality City of Warrnambool. ... City of Melbourne Local Government Area State Victoria Lord Mayor John So (since 2001) Area 36 km² Population (2001) 57,960 Density 1,601/km² (1999) Greater Melbourne Subdivisions Local Government Areas Area 7,694 km² (1999) Population 2001 census (2nd in Australia) 3,555,321 Density 462. ... Moyne Shire is a Local Government Area in Victoria, Australia. ...


The area was initially ihabited by the Knarn Kolak Aborigines. In the early nineteenth century the area was used by whalers and seal hunters. By the 1920s the area was known as Port Fairy, believed to be named after Captain James Wishart's cutter The Fairy. By 1835 a whaling station had been established on what is now Griffiths Island. Bluestone cottages built by whalers and sealers of the time are still standing around the town. A general store was opened in 1839. In 1843, James Atkinson, a Sydney solicitor, purchased land in the town. He drained the swamps, subdivided and leased the land, and built a harbour on the Moyne River. He renamed the town 'Belfast' after his hometown in Ireland. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... The crew of the oceanographic research vessel Princesse Alice, of Albert Grimaldi (later Prince Albert I of Monaco) pose while flensing a catch Whaling is the hunting and killing of whales. ... Seal hunting or Sealing is the hunting and killing of Seals, usually for the purpose of selling their skins. ... Sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or primarily in North America and in Australia as the Roaring Twenties . In Europe it is sometimes refered to as the Golden Twenties. ... For other meanings, see cutter (baseball), cutter (tool) and self-harm. ... 1835 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... 1839 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... 1843 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Sydney is the capital city of the Australian state of New South Wales and Australias largest and oldest city (founded in 1788). ... This article needs to be wikified. ... Belfast (Béal Feirste in Irish) is a city in the United Kingdom, and the second-largest city on the island of Ireland. ...


Agriculture developed in the region, and Port Fairy became an important transport hub. By 1857 the town had a population of 2,190. In the mid to late nineteenth century, Port Fairy one of Australia's largest ports, catering to the whaling industry. In 1887 the town was renamed Port Fairy, as a result of an act of parliament. 1857 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... The crew of the oceanographic research vessel Princesse Alice, of Albert Grimaldi (later Prince Albert I of Monaco) pose while flensing a catch Whaling is the hunting and killing of whales. ... 1887 is a common year starting on Saturday (click on link for calendar). ...


Today, the town's primary industries are tourism and fishing, and contains one of Victoria's largest fishing fleets. The town contains 50 buildings protected by the National Trust of Australia. The Port Fairy Folk Festival is held in March each year. The area is also a breeding ground for mutton birds. Fishing is the activity of hunting for fish. ... The National Trust of Australia is a community-based, non-government organisation, committed to promoting and conserving Australias indigenous, natural and historic heritage through its advocacy work and its custodianship of heritage places and objects. ... March is the third month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ...


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  • Port Fairy Folk Festival
  • Port Fairy Community Pages

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Port Fairy - Victoria - Australia - Travel - theage.com.au (2382 words)
Port Fairy is located 290 km west of Melbourne on the eastern headland of Portland Bay.
It is one of the oldest farm houses in Victoria.
Port Fairy is part of the shipwreck coast and as such has a number of good wrecks which are worth exploring.
Port Fairy, Victoria - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (315 words)
Port Fairy is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia, located on the Princes Highway, 28 kilometres west of the Warrnambool, 290 kilometres west of Melbourne.
In the mid to late nineteenth century, Port Fairy was one of Australia's largest ports, catering to the whaling industry.
In 1887 the town was renamed Port Fairy, as a result of an act of parliament.
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