Sherbrooke, Victoria

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Sherbrooke
MelbourneVictoria
Population 196 (2006)[1]
 • Density 280/km2 (730/sq mi)
Established 1893
Postcode(s) 3789
Area 0.7 km2 (0.3 sq mi)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Yarra Ranges
State electorate(s) Monbulk
Federal Division(s) Casey, La Trobe
Localities around Sherbrooke:
Ferny Creek Sassafras Kallista
Tecoma Sherbrooke Kallista
Belgrave Belgrave Selby

Sherbrooke is a settlement in Victoria, Australia, 35 km east of Melbourne. Its local government area is the Shire of Yarra Ranges. At the 2006 census, Sherbrooke had a population of 196.

Permanent European settlement began with Robert W. Graham, an ex sea captain (born 1836 in Ludlow, Shropshire England) who spent eight years living in Quebec, Canada, before migrating to Australia with his family. He built a small house Merrimu, hand-cut from the forest, using horizontal-slab wall construction, an adobe floor, weatherboards and a sapling/shingle roof. Now noted as the 'father of Sherbrooke', Graham named the area after Sherbrooke the location near his place of residence in Canada. He is also credited with discovering Sherbrooke Falls, originally named Graham falls. He was the first Post Master of Sherbrooke, the position he held from 1894 until his death in 1918. A rough hut at the back of the house, with a delivery slot cut in the door, served as the first post office. Both the house and the post office building still stand.

Flora[edit]

Sherbrooke Forest, a cool temperate rainforest, is listed as endangered and is protected by the state's Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act.[2] It is a habitat of the tallest flowering plant in the world, Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans), which can exceed 100 metres in height.[3]

Fauna[edit]

Sherbrooke Forest has populations of swamp wallabies, wombats, platypus, echidnas and several species of possums and gliders. It is also a habitat of the lyrebird.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Sherbrooke (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  2. ^ Victorian ecosystems--Rainforest at Viridans biological databases
  3. ^ a b Dandenong: Local Species at (Victorian) Department of Sustainability and Environment--Forests

Coordinates: 37°53′06″S 145°21′36″E / 37.885°S 145.360°E / -37.885; 145.360