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Glenelg & Wannon Settlers & Settlement

A local & family history website designed for the sharing of information on the early families who settled in the Glenelg and Wannon valleys of south-west Victoria, Australia. The search engine and extensive links on the left of the page provide easy access to the contents of 1200+ pages. Information on early settlers, events, links & suggestions welcomed!

European settlement of the Glenelg & Wannon region commenced in 1837 when the HENTY family moved north from Portland Bay and occupied the pastoral runs of “Merino Downs,” “Muntham,” “Sandford” and “Connell’s Run.” After settling in 1834 on the coast at Portland Bay, they had been unaware of the lush pastures to their north due to the barrier of thick forest, but in 1836, when the explorer Major Thomas MITCHELL travelled overland from NSW, and down the Glenelg river valley, forded the Wannon River on 11th August 1836 near its junction with the Glenelg River (midway between the present day townships of Casterton and Sandford.) He was surprised to find the HENTYs’ Portland Bay settlement, and provided them with this valuable information.

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Grace Fellowship

Grace Fellowship is a contemporary Pentecostal church. We have a modern approach to dynamic Christianity, that is relevant to everyday living. Based on Jesus and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we share hope in an often challenging world. We meet in the Casterton Town Hall foyer on the first Sunday of every month @ 10 am.

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The Men’s Shed

The Casterton Men’s Shed is a place for men to meet, develop fellowship, provide health promotion resources and workshops and learn through mentoring new skills. The Shed Committee have created and provide a space where men can come together to learn how to maintain optimum health, have fun and importantly develop friendships.

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Casterton Vice Regal Band

Casterton Vice Regal Band is a friendly community band for all ages and experience levels.

We practice each Monday (except school holidays) 7pm at the Band Centre, Island Park Casterton and welcome new members who play, or are willing to learn brass, woodwind or percussion.

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Old Courthouse Community Centre

The Old Courthouse Community Centre Casterton is a Neighbourhood House based in Casterton Victoria. We provide a wide range of accessible activities, services and programs to the communities of Casterton and districts in response to community needs and issues.

We are a central hub within the local district for Social Activities, Education, Aged Care Services, the Men’s Shed, Be Connected Free online training area, a Centrelink Agency, access to free internet and so much more! We are here for you! The Old Courthouse Community Centre can organise specialised Training for your Business, Workplace, Club, Organisation or a Group.

Neighbourhood Houses are local organisations that provide social, educational and recreational activities for their communities in a welcoming supportive environment. There are approximately 360 Neighbourhood Houses across Victoria with at least one Neighbourhood House in just about every town and suburb in Victoria. Neighbourhood Houses are managed by volunteer committees and paid staff. They offer many opportunities for volunteer participation in all aspects of the house activities and management. Activities are generally run at low or no cost to participants.

Call us on (03) 5581 2139, contact us via the Contact Form or just drop in to the Community Centre and have a chat.

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