Rutherglen is located 10km from the Murray River near the small border town of Wahgunyah, between Yarrawonga and Wodonga.
The area’s first people are the Bangerang people. One of the members in this tribe, Tommy Mac Rae ,was encouraged to make sketches in pen and ink of various tribal activities and the tribe’s contact with white man. Some of his original work can still be seen today in galleries and museums, as an important record of those activities.
The town name Rutherglen came into being after a local, native to Rutherglen in Scotland, convinced the town’s residents – for the price of a few beers – to change the town’s name to that of his hometown. Rutherglen began as an important grazing area, but the discovery of gold in the mid 1800’s saw the building of the township, including several churches, a school and a post office. Many of these buildings remain today, and the shopfronts in the main street retain their historic charm.
The region is now one of Victoria’s most important wine producing districts, especially well known for its fortified wines. Many of the wineries also have restaurants and cafes with spectacular views, matching great food to great wine.
Please contact the health service directly for any accommodation they may have available for students.
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Thanks to Cepheus at Wikimedia Commons for the use of pictures.