Serviceton, Victoria


Serviceton, Victoria

Infobox Australian Place | type = town
name = Serviceton
state = vic



caption = Platform side of Serviceton railway station
lga = Shire of West Wimmera
postcode = 3420
est = 1887
pop = 377
elevation= 119
maxtemp = 21.2
mintemp = 8.1
rainfall = 490
stategov = Lowan
fedgov = Mallee
dist1 = 437
location1= Melbourne
dist2 = 294
location2= Adelaide (SA)
dist3 = 139
location3= Horsham
dist4 =
location4=

Serviceton is a small town in Victoria, Australia, located near the Victorian-South Australian border, 437 kilometres north-west of Melbourne. The town was named after James Service, Premier of Victoria in 1880 and from 1883-86. At the 2006 census, Serviceton and the surrounding area had a population of 377.Census 2006 AUS
id=SSC26597
name=Serviceton (State Suburb)
accessdate=2007-08-07
quick=on
]

When the Victorian and South Australian railways were joined at the old border in 1887, a station was built on the border. The border was intended to be on the 141st meridian east but, owing to a surveying error, border markers were placed 3.6 km west of the meridian. Victoria finally succeeded in having the erroneously surveyed border declared to be the legal border in 1913, and therefore Serviceton is now fully in Victoria. The station is not used but The Overland passes through the town. [cite web
title =Serviceton
work =Travel
publisher =The Sydney Morning Herald
date =February 8 2004
url =http://www.smh.com.au/news/Victoria/Serviceton/2005/02/17/1108500207300.html
accessdate = 2007-02-05
] Nevertheless, the old South Australian Railways, and its successors, the Australian National Railways Commission, the National Rail Corporation and the Australian Rail Track Corporation have continued to own the railway to Serviceton outright.

The town is the subject of a Tom Waits song entitled "Town With No Cheer" from his album Swordfishtrombones. [cite web |url=http://www.ripcat.free-online.co.uk/waitshtml/swordfishtromboneslyrics.htm#Swordfishtrombones |title=Swordfishtrombones - Lyrics |accessdate=2007-08-07 |publisher=Ripcat]

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