|LGA(s)||Shire of Cardinia|
Maryknoll is a town in Victoria, Australia, 61 km south-east of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the Shire of Cardinia. At the 2011 Census, Maryknoll had a population of 546.
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.
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 and fauna
Maryknoll is abundantly covered in forest, with eucalypts, wattles, banksias and sheoaks 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.