Katamatite is a rural township in Victoria, Australia about 46 kilometres north east of Shepparton. At the 2011 census, Katamatite had a population of 433.[1]

Beek St, the main street of Katamatite
Katamatite is located in Shire of Moira
Coordinates36°05′S 145°41′E / 36.083°S 145.683°E / -36.083; 145.683Coordinates: 36°05′S 145°41′E / 36.083°S 145.683°E / -36.083; 145.683
Population402 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)Shire of Moira
State electorate(s)Ovens Valley
Federal Division(s)Nicholls
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
19.1 °C
66 °F
14 °C
57 °F
390 mm
15.4 in
Localities around Katamatite:
Muckatah Muckatah Cobram East
Naring Katamatite Katamatite East
Invergordon Youanmite Youarang

Katamatite is located in the Murray Valley irrigation area. Township buildings were erected in 1877 and the Post Office opened on 1 December 1877.[7] The townships name is said to be derived from a question, specifically "Kate, am I tight?"[8]

The town has an Australian rules football team competing in the Picola & District Football League. The team received publicity and notoriety back in 1925, when they defeated Wattville 78.19 (487) to 1.3 (9), in an attempt to win the minor premiership on percentage from Dookie.[9]

Notable peopleEdit

  • Winner of the 1995 Stawell Gift : Glenn Crawford
  • V.F.L/A.F.L. footballer Darren Flanigan played in the ruck in a losing 1989 A.F.L. Grand Final against Hawthorn. He played 130 A.F.L. games for Geelong (1981–91) kicking 50 goals and 8 games for St Kilda (1992) kicking 4 goals.
  • V.F.L./A.F.L. footballer Gary Cameron played 26 games with Geelong (1987–90) kicking 18 goals. Gary went on to coach South Adelaide for (4) games in 2007.
  • A.F.L. footballer Sam Wright played 136 games for North Melbourne, kicking 58 goals.[10]
  • Melbourne architect and academic Professor Marcus White, winner of the 2002 RAIA Haddon Travelling Scholarship,[11] winner of the 2010 AIA Emerging Architect Prize (Victoria) and winner of the inaugural AIA National Emerging Architect Prize in 2011.[12][13]
  • Identical twin brothers Rod and Don Kilgour are both local media personalities that grew up in Katamatite. Born in 1946, they attended Katamatite primary school and Numurkah High School. They undertook studies at Lee Murray Announcing College in Melbourne and after Don had 2 years at 3UL Warragul and Rod had 2 years at 3YB Warrnambool the twins worked at Radio 3SR Shepparton with Rod as the Breakfast Announcer and Don as Sports Editor, broadcasting football and commentating on all sports. After 5 years on Radio 3SR they became sports announcers on GMV6 Television[14] and presented sports news for 18 years. Rod ran an office equipment business in Shepparton whilst[Don Kilgour entered Victorian Parliament as the Member for Shepparton from 1991 until 2002[15]. Both twins were involved in sport and the community. Don was awarded an OAM[16] in 2018 for service to the community and was inducted into the City of Greater Shepparton Sports Hall of Fame for his contribution to sports promotion[17].
  • The O'Kane family are well known within Katamatite for their sporting prowess. Eileen O’Kane won 2 Victorian Country Week Ladies Singles championships in 1936 and 1938 making her the top player in country Victoria. Pat O’Kane was a long term tennis champion who won 8 Victorian Men’s Singles Championships between 1948 and 1961. Brendan (Curley) O’Kane trained 2 sheep dogs to win the National Championship.  Yarramine Whiskey won the title in 1960 and Moreland’s Lou in 1972. Paul O’Kane also trained a National Champion when O’Kanes Joshua won the title.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Katamatite (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 December 2014.  
  2. ^ Rudd, Ada (1976), Katamatite : the first 100 years, 1876-1976, The author, retrieved 5 August 2019
  3. ^ Rudd, Ada, 1916-; Parker, Pam; Katamatite Historical Society (1988), Katamatite pictorial history, Katamatite Historical Society], ISBN 978-0-7316-4749-1CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Rudd, Ada; Katamatite State School (Katamatite, Vic.) (1978), Katamatite School 2069 centenary 1978, [The School], retrieved 5 August 2019
  5. ^ Victoria. Division of Survey and Mapping (1876), Katamatite. PROC K 7, retrieved 5 August 2019
  6. ^ "SETTLEMENT AT KATAMATITE". Leader. XLI (1228). Victoria, Australia. 12 July 1879. p. 6. Retrieved 5 August 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
  8. ^ Beatty, Bill (2 August 1947). "There's drama & tragedy in place names". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 8. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  9. ^ Allen, Robert. "The day they kicked a cricket score at 'Katty'". Australianfootball.com. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  10. ^ Mitchell, Alex (2 August 2019). "Katamatite's Sam Wright reflects on AFL retirement". Shepparton News. McPherson Media Group. Retrieved 6 August 2019. I've only ever played for two clubs, Katamatite and North Melbourne
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  14. ^ "Lost Shepparton". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  15. ^ "Former Member Profile - Donald Kilgour". www.parliament.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  16. ^ "PressReader.com - Your favorite newspapers and magazines". www.pressreader.com. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  17. ^ "Sports Hall of Fame: Our very own Don". Shepparton News. 16 August 2019. Retrieved 29 August 2019.

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