Mount Evelyn, Victoria

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Mount Evelyn
Melbourne,  Victoria
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Mount Evelyn
Mount Evelyn, Victoria
Coordinates 37°46′59″S145°23′06″E / 37.783°S 145.385°E / -37.783; 145.385
Population9,799 (2021 census) [1]
Postcode(s) 3796
Elevation188 m (617 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Yarra Ranges
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s) Casey
Suburbs around Mount Evelyn:
Lilydale Lilydale Wandin North
Lilydale Mount Evelyn Wandin North
Montrose Kalorama Silvan

Mount Evelyn is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 37 km east of Melbourne's central business district, located within the Shire of Yarra Ranges local government area. Mount Evelyn recorded a population of 9,799 at the 2021 census. [1]

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History

Mount Evelyn railway station mid-1940s. Incorrectly labelled 1920 when reprinted in 1986 to mark the opening of the library Mountevelynstation.jpg
Mount Evelyn railway station mid-1940s. Incorrectly labelled 1920 when reprinted in 1986 to mark the opening of the library

Mount Evelyn nestles in a right-angled bend of the Olinda Creek, a large, permanent creek known originally as Running Creek. Different parts of the current Mount Evelyn area were first known as Olinda Vale, Billygoat Hill, McKillop/Valinda and South Wandin.

The Post Office opened on 15 February 1904 as Valinda (derived from Olinda Vale). The name was changed to Evelyn (the name of the county) in 1908, then to Mount Evelyn in 1913. [2] The town experienced a boom in the early 1930s due to the construction of the nearby Silvan Dam and Mount Evelyn Aqueduct, but was greatly affected by the depression of the same period once this project was completed in 1932. [3]

The railway line was closed in 1965, just before the area experienced rapid population growth in the 1970s and 1980s. Together with the nearby settlements of Belgrave, Monbulk and other towns, the region developed a tourism industry that persists to this day. The town's reserves were also incorporated into the larger Dandenong Ranges National Park in the southern part of the suburb. [3] Biannually, the Mt Evelyn Township Group run the Mt Evelyn Street Party, a 1950s styled event with food, workshops, activities, live performers, competitions and a fashion parade. The next instalment will be held on Sunday 27 October 2021.

Etymology

The (now closed) railway station, opened in 1901, was originally named 'Olinda Vale'. This was changed to 'Evelyn' after the county in which it is centrally placed, possibly as part of an attempt by the Victorian Railways to shorten names of stations. In 1919, the local progress association persuaded the Railways to add the "Mount" to encourage visitors to the healthy mountain area, which is the highest point on the railway (now the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail). [4]

Contrary to popular belief, the town was not named for the daughter of the Victorian Governor of the day. The origin of the name 'Evelyn' remains a mystery. [4]

Education

Mount Evelyn has five schools within its boundaries.

Parks and reserves

The Warburton Trail, a walking and cycling track, runs through Mount Evelyn. The trail runs between Lilydale and Warburton.

The Mount Evelyn Aqueduct Walk is another trail connecting Swansea Road to Hunter Road and the Mount Evelyn Forest (part of the Dandenong Ranges National Park).

Sport

The town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Outer East Football Netball League at Gary Martin Oval. The club was founded in 1931 as the Mount Evelyn Rovers. [5]

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References

  1. 1 2 "2021 Census QuickStats Mount Evelyn". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 9 July 2022.
  2. Phoenix Auctions History, Post Office List , retrieved 19 February 2021
  3. 1 2 "Mount Evelyn, Victoria". Monash Arts Online. Monash University. Archived from the original on 24 July 2005. Retrieved 13 July 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. 1 2 "Naming of Mt Evelyn – an ongoing mystery". Mt Evelyn Community Website. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  5. "150 years of AFL". Mount Evelyn Football and Netball Club History Project. Retrieved 13 July 2016.