Cheshunt is a rural village and district upstream along the King River in north-east Victoria. It is 50 km south of Wangaratta and the district extends along several tributaries of the King River. There is State Forest west of Cheshunt, the Black Range to the east and the Wabonga Plateau and Alpine National Park to the south.

Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, was the birthplace of an early district settler, Arthur Smith.

Plentiful rain and fertile river soils made the area suitable for a range of crops. Tobacco growing has been a staple crop, and some families are of Italian or Spanish origin. There are also orchards and vineyards, along with more conventional pastoral properties.

There have been schools at Cheshunt and Cheshunt South. Both have been closed, Cheshunt in 1992. Cheshunt has a recreation reserve, a hall (1895), a store and a post office. Its census populations have been:

Census date Population
1911 117
1933 201
1961 258

Cheshunt and environs census populations have been:

Census date Population
2006 201
2011 256

At the 2011 census, farming accounted for 10.4 percent of employment, orcharding 9.6 percent and beverage (wine) manufacturing 10.4 percent.

Further Reading

Ron Miller, The history of Cheshunt and the Cheshunt-Degamero Primary School No. 2553, c1983