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Trawool is in central Victoria, Australia. The area lies on the middle reaches of the Goulburn River and on the Goulburn Valley Highway, 115 kilometres (71 mi) north of the state capital, Melbourne.
Originally named Traawool, the indigenous word for ‘wild water’, the district is dominated by agriculture and scenery. First explored by Hume and Hovell in 1824, it was later settled as a large sheep station.
Michael "Patrick" Burns (Born 1829, Kilrush, County Clare) selected land (now known as Mt Pleasant) once a part of the Tallarook Run in 1867. He had come from Sydney in 1857 to work for Michael Hickey ( Born 1825 Cratloe, County Clare) at Camp Hill, Tallarook. He and his then family of three, settled there on 20th March 1871, thereafter adding a further seven children-ten in all, Mary Ann, Margaret, Bridget, Michael, Sarah, Richard, Patrick, Katherine(Kathleen), Arthur and Elsie Violet. Patrick Snr. was keen to procure a school for his children and those of his neighbours. To this end he wrote letters to the authorities and donated over an acre of land between the railway and the road. A portable school building was erected in 1885 and following the appointment of Helen McKay as Head Teacher, classes began on Monday 28th September 1885.
Patrick was also a strong force in having the railway pass through Trawool. His dedication and commitment to the community in which he lived cannot be questioned. His eldest daughter took over the Post Office in December 1886 and together the family worked tirelessly for the betterment of themselves and the community of Trawool.