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Anglesea

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Anglesea is a town in Victoria, Australia. It is located on the Great Ocean Road in the Surf Coast Shire local government area. In the, Anglesea had a population of 2,454 people.Originally known as Swampy Creek, the area's name was changed to Anglesea River in 1884 when the township was established. A Post Office under that name opened on 16 April 1886 and was renamed Anglesea in 1950. The name is ultimately named after Anglesey which is an island in North Wales Alcoa of Australia operated a power station and open-cut coalmine in the town until August 2015. The site is now the subject of restorative work.In February 1983, the Ash Wednesday fires swept through the area, destroying many houses.TourismThere is a surge in population during the summer months, reaching a peak around Christmas and New Year's Eve, as many Melbourne residents arrive for the holiday season. Although the town's main beach usually has reasonable surfing conditions, many surfers opt for the beach known as "Guvvo's", just west of town at the end of O'Donohue Road. Anglesea is also well-known locally for its regular riverbank markets, which are held by the river on Anglesea's main street, the Great Ocean Road.
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