Mount Evelyn, Victoria
|Elevation||188 m (617 ft)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Yarra Ranges|
|State electorate(s)||Evelyn, Monbulk|
Mount Evelyn is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 37 km north-east of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the Shire of Yarra Ranges. At the 2006 Census, Mount Evelyn had a population of 9100.
Mount Evelyn nestles in a right-angled bend of the Olinda Creek, a large, permanent creek known originally as Running Creek. Different parts of the current Mount Evelyn area were first known as Olinda Vale, Billygoat Hill, McKillop/Valinda and South Wandin. When the (now closed) railway station was opened in 1901, it was named Olinda Vale. It was renamed Evelyn after the county in which it is centrally placed, possibly as part of an attempt by the Victorian Railways to shorten names of stations. By 1913 local progress association members persuaded the Railways to add the "Mount" to promote visitors to the healthy mountain area (which is the highest point on the railway (now Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail).
Most of the soil in the township is grey, nutrient-poor, and rocky, so attempts to farm at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries failed, making Mount Evelyn a treed and desirable dwelling place in the 21st century.
The Town today
Mount Evelyn township is developing a profile as a Learning Town in the Shire of Yarra Ranges and the Mount Evelyn Library's strong community focus has contributed to this profile. The Careers Reference Centre, opened in 2002 as a joint project of Eastern Regional Libraries and Morrison House, is a popular resource offering free careers advice to students and people returning to the workforce.
The town has a volunteer managed website dedicated to the town, Mount Evelyn Online and also a monthly community newspaper, the m2. The views expressed in the website and m2 are not moderated by any process by an elected township group, but are submitted by the groups, associations and individuals from Mount Evelyn and Montrose, thus ensuring community involvement.
- Mount Evelyn Meteors Basketball Club
- Mount Evelyn Community Website
- Summary on Mount Evelyn from Monash University
- Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail (Warburton Trail)
- Mount Evelyn the Learning Town
- Morrison House
- St Mary's Primary School, Mount Evelyn
- Pembroke Secondary College Mount Evelyn Campus
- Mount Evelyn Christian School