Koroit

/kəˈrɔɪt/ (say kuh'royt)

noun
a town in south-western Victoria, on the slopes of Tower Hill, an extinct volcano.
{? Australian Aboriginal}
The Koroit region lies in territory traditionally inhabited by the Gunditjmara people. From the 1850s the district was settled by Europeans, mainly Irish, who took up small farming plots, and the town site was surveyed in 1857. Many cottages from this time still stand in the town. The writer Henry Handel Richardson had a brief and unhappy association with Koroit from 1878–80. Her father, who inspired The Fortunes of Richard Mahony, died insane here in 1879 and is buried in the town; her mother worked as the postmistress to support the family. Today the town is the centre of a dairying community.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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