Montmorency, Victoria

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Montmorency
MelbourneVictoria
Australia
Montmorency is located in Melbourne
Montmorency
Location in metropolitan Melbourne
Coordinates37°43′08″S 145°07′34″E / 37.719°S 145.126°E / -37.719; 145.126Coordinates: 37°43′08″S 145°07′34″E / 37.719°S 145.126°E / -37.719; 145.126
Population8,759 (2011)[1]
Established1917
Postcode(s)3094
Area3.8 km2 (1.5 sq mi)
Location18 km (11 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s)City of Banyule
State electorate(s)Eltham
Federal Division(s)Jagajaga
Suburbs around Montmorency:
GreensboroughBriar HillEltham North
WatsoniaMontmorencyEltham
YallambieLower PlentyEltham
 
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Montmorency
MelbourneVictoria
Australia
Montmorency is located in Melbourne
Montmorency
Location in metropolitan Melbourne
Coordinates37°43′08″S 145°07′34″E / 37.719°S 145.126°E / -37.719; 145.126Coordinates: 37°43′08″S 145°07′34″E / 37.719°S 145.126°E / -37.719; 145.126
Population8,759 (2011)[1]
Established1917
Postcode(s)3094
Area3.8 km2 (1.5 sq mi)
Location18 km (11 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s)City of Banyule
State electorate(s)Eltham
Federal Division(s)Jagajaga
Suburbs around Montmorency:
GreensboroughBriar HillEltham North
WatsoniaMontmorencyEltham
YallambieLower PlentyEltham

Montmorency is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 18 km north-east from Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Banyule. At the 2011 Census, Montmorency had a population of 8,759.

Montmorency was named after a local farm, Montmorency Estate, which in turn was named for the town of Montmorency, Val-d'Oise, where the French Enlightenment philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau lived briefly. Residents of Montmorency often refer to the suburb as 'Monty', and the nickname is incorporated into some local business names.

History[edit source | edit]

Merchant Stuart Alexander Donaldson (1812–1867), the first Premier of New South Wales, owned the farming property known as 'The Montmorency Estate' until the 1840s. The first evidence of a township was the building of a Presbyterian church in 1917 in the midst of small rural landholdings. Montmorency Primary School was opened in 1922, the year before Montmorency station was opened on the Hurstbridge railway line. Electricity was connected to the area in 1926. Montmorency Post Office opened around September 1923.[2]

Whilst there was a residential nucleus from the 1920s, most of Montmorency consisted of orchards, dairying, and poultry farms until after the Second World War. The estimated population in 1922 was 200, including weekenders.[citation needed]

In 1950 the estimated population was 600, and facilities extended to two churches, a public hall, a sports ground and a tennis court. By the end of the decade the population had increased fivefold, although still with unoccupied building sites which had fine views. A modern shopping centre and factories had been built.

Schools[edit source | edit]

Montmorency Primary School, in May of 2013, was awarded $3,695,000 for a new school.

Montmorency Secondary College was opened in 1969.

Montmorency South Primary School, in 2011/2012, built a new building featuring a big basketball stadium.

St. Francis Xavier Primary School, in 2011, underwent construction of a new building featuring a library, computer lab and 4 class rooms.

Facilities[edit source | edit]

The main commercial street is Were Street. A three storey high ornamental aeration windmill stands at the corner of Were Street and Rattray Road. The footpaths of Were Street are inlaid with mosaic pictures representing scenes from oral histories of the suburb. This shopping strip is notable for the relatively low proportion of national chain stores and franchises among its businesses.[citation needed]

There is a second business precinct located 1.1 km to the south east of Were Street, on Grand Boulevard, mainly catering to small offices. In Mountain View Road there is an RSL which serves counter meals, and also a lawn bowls club, both overlooking the Petrie Park sporting grounds.

Montmorency Football Club, an Australian Rules football team, competes in the Northern Football League. Its playing field and clubhouse are located at Montmorency Park in the green belt between Para Road and the Plenty River. Lower Plenty Football Club are also in the same league and are also based at Montmorency Park.[3]

The suburb has one high school; Montmorency Secondary College, and three primary schools; Montmorency, Montmorency South, and Saint Francis Xavier. Montmorency has hilly parklands adjoining the Plenty River on its western side and several neighbourhood parks, particularly in its south-east sector.

Montmorency has a number of active community groups including the Montmorency Community Group which is an official Transition Town group. The Montmorency Community Group holds a number of regular events to raise awareness of climate change issues and supports activities to build community resilience to deal with the impacts of climate change.

Transport[edit source | edit]

Montmorency is close to outlying towns and suburbs such as Eltham, Greensborough, Templestowe and Doncaster, for it lies within the main feeder roads to these suburbs. The Melbourne 293 and 513 bus routes also service the area.

It lies on the Hurstbridge Line, and it takes around 45 minutes to reach Montmorency Station from the CBD of Melbourne.

Notable people[edit source | edit]

See also[edit source | edit]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Montmorency (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008 
  3. ^ Full Points Footy, Northern Football League, retrieved 15 April 2009