After leaving Tintinara, Marija and I continued southeast on the Dukes Highway and we soon crossed the South Australia/Victoria State border. We continued east on the Western Highway, with our next stop being the little town of Lillimur in western Victoria, about 15km from the State border.
Above:- Map showing the location of Lillimur in western Victoria. Map c/o Google maps.
Lillimur takes its name from the Lillymur pastoral station which was established in 1866. It is believed that the name Lillimur was derived from the aboriginal word meaning bone or wattle gum.
Are you ready to be confused? In 1878 a township was reserved at Lillimur South and was first called Lillimur. In 1879, a settlement to the north, with a school opened there in 1879. This was called Kaniva. In 1881 a flour mill was opened further to the east and the name Kaniva was associated with it. This is the town of Kaniva as we know it today. Lillimur became Lillimur South, and the former settlement of Kaniva became the present-day Lillimur.
Prior to the development of current-day Kaniva, Lillimur was a bustling town with several stores, two hotels, a Wesleyan church built in 1881, and a mechanics institute that was built in 1882.
In 1887 the extension of the railway occurred from Dimboola to Serviceton. This resulted in the line running through Kaniva and bypassing Lillimur. As a result, Kaniva became the prominent town in the district. Despite that, Lillimur still had a courthouse, and a number of churches – Presbyterian, Catholic, Methodist, Anglican, and Church of Christ.
Above:- Albion Hotel, Lillimur North. Image c/o Mortat cemetery Peronne, and district’s Facebook page.
Below is a description of Lillimur in 1903 in the Australian handbook.
Above:- Image c/o Victorian Places.
Sadly today not much remains of what was once the thriving town of Lillimur. But, one of the interesting structures in the town which does remain, is the old courthouse and post office. I suspect that the vast majority of people who drive through the town would just view the building as an old abandoned house in a very poor state of disrepair. Not many would know its history.
The old Lillimur Post office and courthouse is a weatherboard building with a brick chimney, that was built in 1887. It operated as a courthouse from 1887 until its closure in 1892. In 1913 it became a Post Office.
Below is a photo of what the building once looked like.
Above:- Photo c/o Lillimur, Victoria Facebook page.
Below is an excellent video of this historic building. It includes some old photographs of what the building once looked like. I find it very sad that it sits in the state if disrepair that it is today.
We headed to the Lillimur silos which are located on the southern edge of the town on K Clarks Road which runs off Station Road. The silo is operated by Graincorp.
We operated from the 4WD for this activation, running the Icom IC-7000, 100 watts, and the Codan 9350 antenna mounted on the rear of the 4WD.
Above:- Map showing the silo activation zone, and our operating spot. Map c/o SiOTA website.
Marija worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-
I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-
I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-
- Victorian Places, 2023, <https://www.victorianplaces.com.au/lillimur>, viewed 17th March 2023.