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Throwback: The History of Melton

November 12, 2020

Melton is a suburb located in the west of metropolitan Melbourne, Victoria.

As of June 2018, had an estimated population of 68,765 to locals that call Melton home.

Before Melton became a beaming residential area, it was once a quiet rural village.

Melton received its name in 1852 and was named after the English town of Melton Mowbray which was popular for fox hunting.

Melton was first listed as a district on 16th September 1862 and later became a shire on 24th May 1871.

With Melton’s significant growth over the years and a lot of people calling Melton home, Melton is now home to 12 suburbs which also over the years have had some name changes.

Most common that many know are Melton, Melton West, Melton South, Kurunjang but also have Weir Views, Strathtulloh, Brookfield, Toolern Vale, Harkness, Cobblebank, Eynesbury, and Exford.

Melton is home to many great events most popular being the Djerriwarrh Festival that has now been running for over 40 years. The Djerriwarrh Festival is one of the largest
community events held within the City of Melton. Melton is also very well known for being home to the harness racing complex Tabcorp Park and the base for Harness Racing Victoria.

As of 2020 there are multiple Heritage Listed Sites in the city of Melton and have listed them just to name a few:

  • Former Exford Shearing Shed – 1182-1250 Exford Road, Eynesbury
  • Djerriwarrh Creek Bridge – Unused section of Western Highway
  • Exford Homestead – 355-455 Exford Rd, Weir Views
  • Mowbray College Patterson Campus, 102-112 Centenary Avenue, Kurunjang

Fun Facts:

  • The first Post Office opened on the 1 st March 1856
  • In 1884 the railway from Melbourne was extended to Melton
  • The original inhabitants were the Wurundjeri Aboriginal people
  • The Weir in Melton South was built in 1916 by the State Rivers and Water Supply
  • Commission to supply water to the Werribee Irrigation District
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