- Monbulk, Victoria
Population: 2715 (2006) Postcode: 3793 Elevation: 176 m (577 ft) Location: LGA: Shire of Yarra Ranges State District: Monbulk Federal Division: Casey Suburbs around Monbulk: Olinda Silvan Macclesfield Olinda Monbulk Macclesfield Kallista The Patch Emerald
Monbulk is a satellite town & suburb of Melbourne located 42 km east from Melbourne's central business district. Its Local Government Area is the Shire of Yarra Ranges. At the 2006 Census, Monbulk had a population of 2715.
The Aboriginal name, "Monbolloc" translates as 'hiding place in the hills'. In 1893 a village settlement, Dandenong Forest Village Settlement, of 76 farms of 10-acre (40,000 m2) was created. The Post Office opened on 19 May 1898.
The area was well known for being the site of Monbulk Preserving Company founded by the Camm family, now owned by Cadbury Schweppes, a jam factory, where Monbulk Jam was produced from locally grown fruit. The site is now owned by Garden City Plastics who produce recycled plastic plant pots.
The Town today
Today Monbulk is a thriving township with many diversified farms growing fruit, nursery plants and a substantial bulb and cut-flower industry for national and international markets. There are four schools, Monbulk Primary School (established in 1897), St Paul’s Catholic Primary School, Monbulk College and Mountain District Christian School. The town has a wide variety of sporting and leisure clubs including an Australian Rules football team competing in the Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League, cricket club, soccer club, tennis club, aquatic club, pony club, bowling club, basketball club, netball club, scouts and girl guides.
Monbulk is well serviced by the Main Street retail shopping strip, all trades and professional services with many cafes and restaurants which are very popular with local, national and international tourists.
- ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Monbulk (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/ABSNavigation/prenav/LocationSearch?collection=Census&period=2006&areacode=SSC21455&producttype=QuickStats&breadcrumb=PL&action=401. Retrieved 2007-10-01.
- ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, https://www.premierpostal.com/cgi-bin/wsProd.sh/Viewpocdwrapper.p?SortBy=VIC&country=, retrieved 2008-04-11
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