Mount Evelyn, Victoria
|Population||9,100 (2006 census)|
|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 volunteer members of the Mt Evelyn History Group collect and share information about the town.
The Town today
The town has a volunteer managed website dedicated to the town, Mount Evelyn Online. The views expressed in the website 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. There is another volunteer managed website dedicated to the town, Mount Evelyn Village which is moderated by a sub committee of the Mt Evelyn Township Improvement Committee Inc (founded 1998).
- Mt Evelyn Football and Netball Club History Project
- Mount Evelyn Meteors Basketball Club
- Mount Evelyn Village
- Mount Evelyn Community Website
- Summary on Mount Evelyn from Monash University NB Repeats error that Mt Evelyn was named after Heales' non existent daughter
- Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail (Warburton Trail)
- St Mary's Primary School, Mount Evelyn
- Yarra Hills Secondary College Mount Evelyn Campus
- Mount Evelyn Christian School
- Mt Evelyn History Group
- Mt Evelyn Primary School