"MELTON.....my home since 2002" Melton by aussiejen

Melton Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 19 photos

This lovely old building was originally Melton's Courthouse. It is now the Melton Visitor Information Centre. It is centrally located at 323 High St.
It ws built in 1892, trials continued here until 1999.

This unusual statue of a horse, which is also a revolving clock, can be found next to the Visitor Information Centre in High St.

Melton is known locally as "The Heart of Thoroughbred Country" due to the many horse studs in the area. There are also numerous harness racing horses trained here too.

HISTORY

Aboriginal occupation of the area goes back 40,000 years. The "Wurundjeri" were the earliest known aborginal people to live on Western Plains of Melbourne. A clan of this tribe, "Kurnjang balak" were the earliest inhabitants of the Melton area.
The last known corroboree took place in 1863 near Hannah Watts Park.

The first European settlers arrived in 1830.
Melton was named after the Melton Mowbray hunting grounds in England and is a reminder that fox hunting was a popular sport.

Melton village in the 1850s was set among a small forest of trees with luxuriant undergrowth......very hard to believe now!!
There was a blacksmith, bootmaker and butcher amongst various other shopkeepers and of course 3 hotels!
By 1862 the settlement had expanded with the building of churches and schools and was the centre of a large pastoral and agricultural district with a population of 1000.
The railway link from Melbourne to Melton was completed in 1884.
The Melton Weir was constructed in 1916 and enlarged in 1937.
Electricity arrived in 1939 but, because of the war, was not completed until 1952.

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  • Apr 28, 2010 at 12:23 AM

    Since our first visit to Shivaporn, shortly after opened, we have been back many times as a family and a group of friends - check the photo board. We love the atmosphere, the food and the service. We will be there again in a couple of weeks - can't wait.

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    Aug 16, 2007 at 1:22 PM

    Hi Jen. I'm back again looking at your melton page to remind me of my time with you and Tony..ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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    May 12, 2007 at 6:36 PM

    hope you are having a very special mother's day. hugs, Rosie

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    May 11, 2007 at 5:52 AM

    I just watched the movie "The Castle" and thought of all you in rural Victoria! Hope all is well.

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    Apr 26, 2006 at 12:59 PM

    This seems like a gr8 place, rich in history & nature I really like the picture of the old courthouse - now visitor centre. Thanks for sharing & I look forward to meeting you in May : )

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    Feb 22, 2006 at 2:22 AM

    Yumo Jen...Curry House!! You've sold me haha. What a lovely front page pic!! Cheers, Ann :o)

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    Nov 6, 2005 at 2:57 PM

    Three great Thai restautants nearby that is great!

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    Sep 23, 2005 at 12:07 PM

    Melton? Never heard of the place. Thanks for sharing.

  • saraheg77's Profile Photo
    Sep 17, 2005 at 9:07 PM

    What's the other Thai place in Melton? :) Great to see you last night!

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2005 at 2:20 AM

    Seems you love your Thai food, eh Jenny?

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