Foster is a dairying and grazing town 174 kilometres (108 mi) south-east of Melbourne on the South Gippsland Highway in Victoria, Australia. At the 2016 census Foster had an urban population of 1,164. It is about 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of the Gippsland coastline which includes Shallow Inlet, Corner Inlet, Waratah Bay, Yanakie and Wilsons Promontory.
|Population||1,164 (2016 census)|
|Elevation||47 m (154 ft)|
|LGA(s)||South Gippsland Shire|
|State electorate(s)||Gippsland South|
Originally called Stockyard Creek, after the stream which still flows through the centre of the town, Foster was initially just a resting place for drovers travelling from Port Albert to Western Port. This changed with the discovery of gold in the 1880s, leading to a (modest) gold rush. The post office opened on 20 February 1871 as Stockyard Creek and was renamed Foster in 1879 when the township was established. In 1870 a gold rush along Stockyard Creek resulted in the township of that name and in late 1884 following comments by the Police Magistrate from Sale (Mr William H Foster) that he couldn’t hold court in a creek the town suddenly became ‘Foster’. Previously a stockyard for drovers had been established along the creek but several miles from the ultimate township. The story of Foster is in a publication available at the Foster & District Historical Society Inc. The railway was extended to Foster in 1892. When the gold ran out, Foster became a service centre of the burgeoning South Gippsland dairy industry. Today it is a thriving town that links Wilsons Promontory with the rest of Victoria.
Foster has one hotel and several dining options. Because of the scenic beauty of the surrounding area and its proximity to Wilsons Promontory and mountain areas inland, Foster is a popular destination for international visitors as well as Melbourne residents. In summer, the town's temporary population can increase by as much as two and a half fold due to tourism.
Golfers play at the Foster Golf Club course on Reserve Road.
Foster has markets from November to April. The markets do not run from May through to October, during the Victorian winter.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Foster". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
- From Palings to Pavements 'History of Foster' HC Wilson et all
- Full Points Footy, Foster, archived from the original on 24 April 2008, retrieved 25 July 2008
- Golf Select, Foster, retrieved 11 May 2009
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