- Maryknoll, Victoria
Population: 471 (2006)  Established: 1950 Postcode: 3812 Location: LGA: Shire of Cardinia State District: Bass Federal Division: McMillan Localities around Maryknoll: Nar Nar Goon North Tonimbuk Garfield North Nar Nar Goon North Maryknoll Tynong North Nar Nar Goon Nar Nar Goon Tynong North
Maryknoll is a town in Victoria, Australia, 61 km south-east from Melbourne's central business district. Its Local Government Area is the Shire of Cardinia. At the 2006 Census, Maryknoll had a population of 471.
In 1950, society in Victoria was still recovering from World War II - not just the returned soldiers and their families, but migrants from Eastern Europe who had lived and lost through the war. Fathers Simon Heaven a Jack Rouse of the Catholic Church envisaged a new 600-acre (2.4 km2) intentional community in West Gippsland where people could heal physically and emotionally. The name Maryknoll replaced the original name of St Mary's in 1955 and Maryknoll Post Office opened on 3 October 1955.  The original settlement consisted of about 30 families, one of which was the Noonan family which live there to this day.
By the 1970s, land in the area was being opened up for wider settlement, and in the 1980s many new non-Catholic residents came to settle here.
Dan Mackinnon was the first settler to come here, apart from the founder of the land.
Father Wilfrid Pooley was a helping founder of Maryknoll. He was the leader of the plans and lived in Maryknoll for quite some time with a friend of his, Patrick Noonan.
Facilities include a CFA, community hall, Catholic Church, milkbar and recreation reserve which contains Maryknoll Tennis Club and Nar Nar Goon-Maryknoll Cricket Club. Numerous forested parks and walking tracks are scattered throughout the locality. Maryknoll has no school, with children often commuting to Pakenham, Warragul, Drouin or other places for education. Maryknoll also has a lawn cemetery and a small pony club with twenty members attending.
Flora & Fauna
Maryknoll is abundantly covered in forest, with Eucalypts, Wattles, Banksias and Sheoak being common species. Ferns, Pittosporum and introduced species can also be found, and types of rare orchids have been discovered in the area. Kangaroos, Wombats and Possums are very common native species, and Koalas have been occasionally sighted. The area also has a deer problem, with wild herds inhabiting forests and Bunyip State Park.
- ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Maryknoll (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/ABSNavigation/prenav/LocationSearch?collection=Census&period=2006&areacode=SSC26111&producttype=QuickStats&breadcrumb=PL&action=401. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
- ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, https://www.premierpostal.com/cgi-bin/wsProd.sh/Viewpocdwrapper.p?SortBy=VIC&country=, retrieved 2008-04-11
Echidnas can often be found at certain times of the year, usually amongst leaf litter.
- Maryknoll, Victoria is at coordinates Coordinates:
- Maryknoll - The Catholic Settlement 1950s (Casey-Cardinia)
Towns in West Gippsland
Athlone · Bona Vista · Brandy Creek · Buln Buln · Bunyip · Cloverlea · Crossover · Darnum · Drouin · Ellinbank · Gainsborough · Garfield · Iona · Jindivick · Labertouche · Lardner · Lillico · Longwarry · Maryknoll · Modella · Nar Nar Goon · Narracan · Neerim · Neerim North · Neerim South · Nilma · Noojee · Pakenham · Rawson · Ripplebrook · Rokeby · Shady Creek · Tarago · Tonimbuk · Trafalgar · Tynong · Warragul · Yarragon
Suburbs of the Shire of Cardinia
Avonsleigh · Bayles · Beaconsfield · Beaconsfield Upper · Bunyip · Bunyip North · Caldermeade · Cardinia · Catani · Clematis · Cockatoo · Cora Lynn · Dalmore · Dewhurst · Emerald · Garfield · Garfield North · Gembrook · Guys Hill · Heath Hill · Iona · Koo Wee Rup · Koo Wee Rup North · Lang Lang · Lang Lang East · Maryknoll · Menzies Creek · Modella · Monomeith · Mount Burnett · Nangana · Nar Nar Goon · Nar Nar Goon North · Officer · Officer South · Pakenham · Pakenham South · Pakenham Upper · Rythdale · Tonimbuk · Tynong · Tynong North · Vervale · Yannathan
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