ARARAT, a municipal town of Ripon county, Victoria,
Australia, 130 m. by rail W.N.W. of Melbourne. Pop. (1901)
3580. It lies at an elevation of 1028 ft. towards the western
extremity of the Great Dividing range. It is the commercial
centre of the north-western grain and wool-producing district
and is also noted for its quartz and alluvial gold-mines. Excellent
wine is made, and flour-milling, leather-working, brick and candle
making and soap-boiling are the chief industries. The district
also yields the best timber in great quantity. Granite, bluestone,
limestone and slate abound in the neighbourhood.
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