|Population||3,871 (2011 census)|
|Elevation||2 m (7 ft)|
|LGA(s)||City of Casey, Shire of Mornington Peninsula|
Pearcedale is a small, semi-rural coastal town in Victoria, Australia, 50 km south-east of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is in most part the City of Casey but also the Shire of Mornington Peninsula. A bus service operates to and from Frankston railway station via Baxter. At the 2011 Census, Pearcedale had a population of 3,871.
Pearcedale is a small town on the northwestern corner of Western Port, on the northern edge of the Mornington Peninsula. The land is relatively flat with a rich and sandy soil type ideal for market gardening. It's coastline on Western Port Bay consists of lush mangroves, creek estuaries and canals ideal for kayaking enthusiasts. The coastline and waters are protected as part of the Yaringa Marine National Park so fishing is strictly forbidden.
Pearcedale was originally called Langwarrin and was also known at various times as Langwarrin Estate or Old Langwarrin. When the Mornington and Stony Point railway lines opened in the late 1880s, the railway station near the Military Camp (...now a Flora and Fauna Reserve) was named Langwarrin. A new town developed east of the railway station and was locally called New Langwarrin. A meeting of rate payers was held in November 1905 and it was voted to rename the original town Pearcedale, to avoid confusion with this new settlement of New Langwarrin. The name Pearcedale came from local landowner Nathaniel Pearce. Nathaniel and his wife Mary Grace are first listed in the Shire of Cranbourne Rate Books in 1894, when they purchased an orchard on 26 acres (about 10 hectares) at Langwarrin Estate. They had eight children. Mary was a midwife and helped deliver many babies in the area.
The town of Pearcedale had a slow beginning. In 1889 it had a few shops and a Post Office, Public Hall and Primary School. However the depression affected the town and the School closed in 1892, 38 years before the depression began, and the Post Office in 1893. The School re-opened in 1902 and the Post Office in 1907. The original hall burnt down and the replacement was opened on August 23, 1918. This event was witnessed by 400 people, who were entertained with a concert and a dance which finished at 4.00am. The Methodist Church was opened in 1918, the Anglican Church in 1938. Other Community milestones include the establishment of the Tennis club in the 1920s, the Cricket club in 1921, the Football club in 1929, the Progress Association in 1937 and the Fire Brigade in 1940. Electricity was connected in 1957, the Guides and Scouts both formed in 1957, the R.S.L in 1958 and the Infant Welfare Centre in 1961. Town water was connected in 1962.
A meteorite known as Cranbourne meteorite No.11 was found 2 kilometres north north-east of Pearcedale and 5 kilometres east-south east of the Langwarrin Railway Station. The meteorite weighed a massive 762 kilograms and was reportedly found in 1903, just below the surface of the ground. The find was not reported at the time and, from all accounts the meteorite was kept in the possession of the finder until 1938, when it was sold to the U.S. National Museum, Washington.
Another known as Cranbourne meteorite No.12 was discovered in April 1982 it was donated to the then Shire Council for display purposes. This meteorite was first found in 1927 but only recently came to scientific notice. Weighing 23 kilograms it has been registered in the collections of the National Museum of Victoria and is on a long term loan to the City of Casey, for display purposes. It was found on a property located on the north-east corner of Pearcedale Road, Pearcedale.
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The town is surrounded by many horse and hobby farm properties, market gardens as well as cattle, egg & poultry farms. Much of the locality is zoned as "green wedge" and therefore future urban development in the region is limited. Pearcedale Primary School is notable as being the regional school responsible for the teaching of children impaired by hearing loss. The school has an enrolment of over 600 students and is widely acknowledged as being of high standard.
Local attractions include an angora goat stud and knitting mill, an iris nursery, and the multiple award winning Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, which operates evening tours that allow visitors to see endangered Australian animals. Moonlit Sanctuary is part of the Official Mornington Peninsula Tourism Guide.
RSPCA Victoria has its Mornington Peninsula facility based in Pearcedale. Here employees and volunteers care for homeless cats and dogs as well as rescued horses and ponies from the region.
One of the largest herb farms in the southern hemisphere, Coolibah Herbs, is based in Pearcedale. It supplies washed salad greens, mixed leaves and a variety of culinary herbs and vegetables to leading companies in the food service sector. It also has farms in Gippsland and across the Mornington Peninsula.
The Pearcedale Farmers Market operates outdoors near the town on every third Saturday of the month 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. It specialises in regional, seasonal produce, including fresh vegetables, grass-fed beef, free-range eggs, bread straight from the oven, jams and chutney, ready made pasta and curries, locally produced cheeses and exotic and indigenous plants.
The Pearcedale Village shopping precinct on the Baxter-Tooradin Road includes a chemist, baker, butcher, newsagency, hairdresser, hardware store, beauty therapist, accountant, medical centre, Bendigo Bank, service station, licenced post office and a small supermarket/liquor store. Take-away food is catered for by a milk bar, pizza shop and fish & chip shop. The sole restaurant, Moodi's Cafe, is highly rated for its food, service and irresistable coffee.
Pearcedale has its own Country Fire Authority station that draws on the local community for volunteers.
With its close proximity to both Cranbourne and Mornington racecourses Pearcedale is home to numerous racehorse trainers, jockeys, employees and other connections within Victoria's thoroughbred racing industry. A variety of horse trails and private agistment facilities provide many equestrian enthusiasts with the opportunity to enjoy their craft. A number of greyhound and harness racing trainers also reside in the area.
The town also has an Australian Rules football club competing in the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League. Pearcedale Cricket Club compete in the Mornington Peninsula Cricket Association and Pearcedale Tennis Club compete in the Peninsula Tennis Association. The town also has a netball club and pony club.
Pearcedale is only serviced by one primary school:
A primary catholic school is located in nearby Somerville:
For their secondary education local students are required to commute to several schools in the surrounding area including:
- Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
- The Official Tourism Website of the Mornington Peninsula
- RSPCA Peninsula
- Coolibah Herbs
- Peninsula Pages - Pearcedale Farmers Market