Suburb Profiles

Throwback: The History of Riddells Creek

January 21, 2021

Riddells Creek is a suburb 45km north-east of Melbourne, Victoria and is located within the Shire of Macedon Ranges. 

Riddells Creek received its name after a settler in 1841, John Carre Riddell. It was in 1841 When John Carre Riddell & Thomas Ferrier Hamilton where they purchased approximately 640 acres of land and leased a further 2,000 acres.

The Railway line from Melbourne to Woodend was constructed between 1859 – 1861 and its main use was to transport timber cut from the surrounding area. The large construction of the railway which now includes two over rail bridges in Riddells Creek being heritage listed. The population in the area mainly consisted of railway workers and their families.

In 1889 Judge Arthur Chomley built the well-known Dromkeen Homestead and named it after his mother’s family home in Ireland. The property was later purchased by Joyce and Court Oldmeadow in 1973 where they turned it into a home for Australian children’s literature.

Heritage Listed Sites:

  • The road over Railway Bridge – Gisborne-Kilmore Road, Gisborne
  • Rail Bridge – Over Riddells Creek – Railway Reserve

Fun Facts: 

  • The first Post Office to open in Riddells Creek was the 1st February 1859
  • During World War II a Flax Mill in Riddells Creek was used by the Women’s Land Army where they harvested and processed flax. 
  • Riddells Creek is home to world-famous homestead, Dromkeen Homestead

Photo Credit: Historic Railway Bridge – https://en.wikipedia.org/

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