Mount Dandenong, Victoria

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This article is about the town. For the mountain located above the town, see Mount Dandenong (Victoria).
For other uses of the name Dandenong, see Dandenong (disambiguation). For a different suburb with a similar name, see Dandenong, Victoria.
Mount Dandenong
MelbourneVictoria
Mt Dandenong from Mooroolbark.jpg
Mount Dandenong from Mooroolbark
Coordinates 37°49′52″S 145°21′36″E / 37.83111°S 145.36000°E / -37.83111; 145.36000Coordinates: 37°49′52″S 145°21′36″E / 37.83111°S 145.36000°E / -37.83111; 145.36000
Population 1,276 (2006)[1]
 • Density 126.3/km2 (327.2/sq mi)
Established 1893
Postcode(s) 3767
Area 10.1 km2 (3.9 sq mi)
Location 35 km (22 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s) Shire of Yarra Ranges
State electorate(s) Monbulk
Federal Division(s) Casey, La Trobe
Localities around Mount Dandenong:
Montrose Montrose Kalorama
Kilsyth Mount Dandenong Olinda
The Basin Sassafras Olinda

Mount Dandenong is both a mountain and a small township/suburb of Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 35 km (22 mi) east from Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the Shire of Yarra Ranges. At the 2006 Census, Mount Dandenong had a population of 1,276.

Light to moderate snowfalls occur on Mount Dandenong a few times most years, mostly frequently between late winter and late spring. The area around Mount Dandenong experienced a highly unusual summer snow fall on Christmas Day 2006.[2]

History[edit]

Originally the town was to be named Mount Corhanwarrabul, but due to the problems that were foreseen with the spelling and pronunciation of this name, the Surveyor-General's office opted to name it Mount Dandenong. However, today there is still a Mount Corhanwarrabul, which is on the site of Burkes Lookout. The town of Mount Dandenong was settled in 1893, along with a neighbouring town, Olinda. It was around this time that the Government established 10-acre (40,000 m2) farms that would be used to harvest timber.

By around 1900 the town had its own general store and primary school. The Post Office, opened in 1902, was closed and replaced by one at Kalorama in 1991. In 1922 the first motorcars were seen in operation in Mount Dandenong.

In 1938, the 1938 Kyeema Crash occurred eighteen people were killed when the Kyeema, an Australian National Airways DC-2, VH-UYC crashed.

A proposal around 2002 for the building of a large "Melbourne" sign on the mountain, similar to the Hollywood sign, was vigorously opposed and not pursued.[3]

Climate[edit]

Recent snowfalls[edit]

  • 2007 - 17 and 18 July[5][6]
  • 2006 - 25 December[2]
  • 2006 - 15 November[7]
  • 2006 - 28 October[8][9]
  • 2005 - 10 August[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Mount Dandenong (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  2. ^ a b Dowsley, Anthony (2006-12-26). "Melbourne shivers at Christmas". Herald Sun. Retrieved 2006-12-28. 
  3. ^ http://www.drbnb.com/mt-dandenong.html
  4. ^ Environment CanadaCanadian Climate Normals 1971–2000, accessed 07 July 2009
  5. ^ Webb, Carolyn (2007-07-18). "Wet and white Victoria shivers through coldest day". theage.com.au. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  6. ^ Edmonds, Mike (2007-07-18). "Wintry blast to continue". Herald Sun. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  7. ^ Wotherspoon, Sarah (2006-11-15). "Rain hits the target". Herald Sun. Retrieved 2006-11-16. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Snow falls in south-east Aust as cold snap bites". ABC News Online. 2006-10-28. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  9. ^ Borensztain, Jordana (2006-10-29). "Snow, hail...but we're still in longest dry". Herald Sun. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  10. ^ http://www.bom.gov.au/announcements/media_releases/vic/20050810.shtml