Learmonth is a rural township on the Sunraysia Highway, 20 km north-west of Ballarat and adjoining the northern shore of Lake Learmonth. It was named after the Learmonth brothers, proprietors of the Burrumbeet pastoral run (1838) and the Ercildoune estate. Learmonth township was surveyed in 1859 and was one of three towns for which land was excised from the Burrumbeet run.

The Learmonths gained an enviable reputation as merino wool growers and stud owners at Ercildoune, until they sold up in 1872.

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