History of Junortoun

This page contains information which describes the history of the suburb and community now known as Junortoun. This includes:

If you can assist by providing additional historical information or photos please contact the Junortoun Community Action Group. 

The Dja Dja Wurrung people – the first Australians

The first inhabitants of Junortoun were the Dja Dja Wurrung people of the Kulin nation who lived throughout the Loddon Valley for thousands of years prior to European settlement.

Early settlers of Homebush and Junortoun

How Junortoun was named

The locality initially established as “Homebush”, centred around the Homebush Estate. Around 1912 the location changed its name to Junortoun to avoid confusion with Homebush, New South Wales. See this article for a discussion of how Junortoun was named.

World War I soldiers role of honour

Throughout its history many people from Junortoun have served this country at times of war. Their names are recorded on an honour board stored at the can be found here.

Junortoun State School

A primary school operated in Junortoun until around 1956. It was initially named Homebush Elementary School and subsequently Junortoun State School (No. 1634).

History of Junortoun CFA

Notable historic events in the history of Junortoun :


Junortoun today

Today, Junortoun is a growing residential suburb, comprised of a mix of low, medium and high-density residential land. It has a CFA station, is home to Catherine McAuley College, the Bendigo Baptist Church, the Bendigo Harness Racing Club, Bendigo Greyhound Racing Association, and an army base.

Junortoun is prosperous and growing, and a welcoming place to live and raise a family.