"MELTON.....my home since 2002" Melton by aussiejen
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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.
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.
Although I've lived in Melton for 5 years I had never been to this reservoir until recently. I didn't even know where it... more travel advice
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