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  • Erica, Victoria

    Erica is a town in Victoria, Australia, on Rawson Road, in the Shire of Baw Baw.

    The area was generally known as Upper Moondarra in the early 1900s, the township of Erica beginning to grow after construction of the railway line from Moe to Walhalla, which passed through the area. When the station opened in 1910 it was named Harris, but had been renamed Erica after a nearby mountain by 1914. As a consequence, the Post Office opened on 14 July 1910 as Upper Moondarra and was renamed Erica in 1914.[2]

    The township of Erica lived mainly from forestry and agriculture, and owing to Walhalla’s decline by the 1920s was the largest town on the Moe-Walhalla railway. The section of line past Erica closed to traffic in 1944, save for occasional goods services to Platina station, and the line from Moe to Erica closed completely in 1954.

    Erica still maintains agricultural and timber industry connections, as well as being a service town for local tourist destinations such as the Thomson Dam, the Walhalla Goldfields Railway, Mount Baw Baw and Mount St Gwinear.

    The history of the town and surrounding area is the focus of the Erica and District Historical Society, located in the old Rawson Police Station.[3]

    At the 2011 census, Erica and the surrounding area had a population of 324. The newer town of Rawson is located a few kilometres away.

    References

    1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). “Erica (State Suburb)”. 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2013-05-30. Edit this at Wikidata

    2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11
    3. ^ “Erica and District Historical Society Inc”. Retrieved 2018-02-27.


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