Hastings

Named for the legendary thoroughbred stallion and racehorse, Hastings has always had a curious relationship with the sport of its namesake (and kings). While Hastings itself has no racecourses, there are track located nearby at Balnarring and Mornington (and rumours persist that the government maintains a horse racing facility at HMAS Cerberus where horses genetically engineered with alien DNA are created to fight the cavalry wars of tomorrow). But the importation of horses through any dock facilities (excluding those at HMAS Cerberus, which only fuels the rumours) on Western Port Bay is legally forbidden, and has been since the area was first settled.

This is in fact how Hastings got its name – the famous stallion was smuggled into the country there (he competed at three meetings, two at Sandown and one at Caulfield, and failed to place in any of them. Shortly thereafter, he became the most expensive imported dogfood Australia has ever known. The horse believed to be Hastings, who died in America in 1917, was an imposter), and the area’s name was changed after word of this reached the police and a cover story was put in place that it was this that had been spoken of.

This cover story has now outlived its namesake by more than a century, and has attracted considerable embellishment by historians in the pay of the Hastings family, a dynasty of would-be politicians whose repeated electoral failures eventually drove them to manufacture more successful ancestors. These fictions largely go undetected, since as the years go by, fewer and fewer people are aware that there was never a Shire of Fairhaven.

Suburbs near Hastings:

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Balnarring Bittern Bittern Western Port Bay Western Port Bay Western Port Bay