Diamond Creek, Victoria

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Diamond Creek
MelbourneVictoria
View of central Diamond Creek looking north-east.jpg
View of central Diamond Creek looking north-east in January 2021.
Diamond Creek is located in Melbourne
Diamond Creek
Diamond Creek
Coordinates37°40′16″S 145°09′18″E / 37.671°S 145.155°E / -37.671; 145.155Coordinates: 37°40′16″S 145°09′18″E / 37.671°S 145.155°E / -37.671; 145.155
Population12,503 (2021 census)[1]
 • Density683.2/km2 (1,770/sq mi)
Established1841
Postcode(s)3089
Area18.3 km2 (7.1 sq mi)
Location
LGA(s)Shire of Nillumbik
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)Jagajaga
Suburbs around Diamond Creek:
Yarrambat Hurstbridge Wattle Glen
Plenty Diamond Creek Kangaroo Ground
Greensborough Eltham North Research

Diamond Creek is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 23 km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the Shire of Nillumbik local government area. Diamond Creek recorded a population of 12,503 at the 2021 census.

History[edit]

There are two ideas about where Diamond Creek got its name. Victoria's Register of Geographic Names says that it was because of the way the stones glistened in the creek water. Local legend says it is because of a bull who was trying to cross a creek. The bull had a diamond shaped white patch on its head and found difficulty crossing the creek. Thus the Bullocky named the town after the bull with the diamond shape on its head and the creek it drowned in.[2]

The Ellis family were pioneers of the District and benefactors of the Nillumbik cemetery gateway. Ellis Cottage, a rubble-stone hipped roof cottage contains its original fabric and is considered historically significant and is on the Victorian Heritage database.[3]

Gold was first discovered in Diamond Creek in 1863 by Messrs Peers, Haley and Wilson. The Diamond Creek mine was opened some years after gold was first discovered and dug 700 feet vertical and 300 feet underlay. The value of gold taken from the mine was reported to be between £1,000,000 and £2,000,000 Australian at the time.[4]

In 1867, the Nillumbik cemetery at Diamond Creek was established.[5] It occupies an area of two acres between Main and Edinburgh Streets and is positioned on high ground above Sawpit Creek and the Diamond Creek floodplain. It is laid out in a grid formation. A brick and rendered archway was built in 1897. The cemetery is considered significant and is listed on the Victorian heritage database.[6]

From 1894–1969 there were a number of bushfires. In 1894, houses and stock were destroyed.[7]

In the postwar years, population increased dramatically in Diamond Creek and its neighbouring areas. The Diamond Valley Shire was created out of the northern part of the Shire of Heidelberg in 1964. Further population growth occurred throughout the 1970s. The early 20th century saw a decline in the orchard industry, as orchards in Melbourne's eastern townships such as Doncaster and Nunawading, fell into favour due to better marketing. Diamond Creek remained relatively untouched during the boom in recreational travel that followed the popularity of the motor car.[citation needed]

Diamond Creek was home to a Donkey Shelter from 1997 to 2012, which provided accommodation and care for neglected donkeys from around the state of Victoria. In 2012, this moved to Tongala.[8]

Geography[edit]

The Diamond Creek Shopping Centre and railway station are located on the banks of Diamond Creek, and the Hurstbridge railway line follows the course of Diamond Creek northwards from Eltham to its terminus at Hurstbridge.

Schools[edit]

Schools in Diamond Creek include Diamond Valley College, Plenty Valley International Montessori School, Sacred Heart Primary School, Diamond Creek Primary School, Diamond Creek East Primary School. The Diamond Creek East Primary School opened in 1970.[7]

Facilities[edit]

The St John's Anglican church complex in Main Street includes a Sunday school and parish hall. The church is amongst the oldest buildings in the Shire of Nillumbik, built about 1867. It has three stained glass windows. The complex is considered significant and is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.[9]

On the other side of St John's is Ashton Manor, previously known as The Abbey. It was a reception centre and very popular for weddings and other celebrations. It is now the location for Tobin Brothers Funerals.[10]

Nillumbik Historical Society was formed in 1973 and is situated in the Ellis Cottage historical precinct.[11]

The Diamond Creek Community Centre is jointly administered by the Shire of Nillumbik and the YMCA, and provides a venue for basketball, gymnasium and group fitness classes, child care, community classes and public and private functions. The centre also houses Nillumbik's Maternal and Child Health Service. The Community Centre served as an evacuation point, providing emergency accommodation, first aid and government relief to local residents affected by the February 2009 Victorian bushfires. Diamond Creek has two football clubs, Diamond Creek Football Club and Diamond Creek Women's football club playing in the Northern Football League.[12]

The Rotary Club of Diamond Creek organise the annual Diamond Creek Town Fair, a community event held in September. It commences with a parade which features local schools, scouting groups, child care centres and community groups. The fair offers food, crafts and fairground attractions, rides, wood chopping, local community stallholders, and entertainment. It traditionally concludes with an evening torchlight parade by the local CFA units and a fireworks display.

Diamond Creek Little Athletics Club is one of the eight clubs competing weekly at the Diamond Valley Little Athletics Centre at Willinda Park Greensborough.

Diamond Creek also has a busy CFA (Country Fire Authority) volunteer fire brigade, which attends to over 230 emergency calls annually. The brigade was established in 1942. In 2005, a new emergency services centre was built on the Main Hurstbridge Rd, which includes CFA, Metropolitan Ambulance Service and Police facilities. The Diamond Creek CFA brigade has approximately 60 members, one pumper, two tankers, a slip on ute and a Toyota Hilux FCV, as well as an extensive collection of modern, advanced firefighting equipment and training facilities.

Diamond Creek is serviced by the Diamond Valley Division of St John Ambulance Australia (Victoria). St John Ambulance provides emergency pre-hospital care to local events in Diamond Creek, such as the Town Fair, Pet Expo, Fun Runs and many other local events. The Diamond Valley division is based in Greensborough.

In 1981, an opportunity shop opened to raise funds for the Austin Hospital in Heidelberg. It raised over $2 million in its 30-year operation until its closure in 2011 when the building was deemed unsafe. In February 2013, the shop re-opened after a benefactor donated funds for the hospital to meet the cost of the renovations.[13]

The Diamond Creek OM:NI discussion group was formed in 2010. They meet at the Diamond Creek Netball Club[14]

A new dedicated ambulance home base was opened in April 2019. Paramedics were previously housed in the emergency services complex with police and firefighters. The branch features a spacious garage for vehicles, rest and recline areas, a training room and kitchen, The branch provides 24-hour emergency care.[15]

Many retailers get into the community spirit such as AD Ryan's Restaurant (first opened in 1994 by Dave and Julie Thompson, then managed by Janine, Tracey and Vince) holding their regular fundraising events for many different causes. AD Ryan's was sold in November 2014 and re-opened in 2015 by new owners under the name The Windy Mile, in reference to a nearby section of 'Diamond Creek Road', locally known as 'The Windy Mile'. On 31 March 2019, The Windy Mile closed.[16]

A Tram Cafe opened in October 2020. This is a fully refurbished W Class Melbourne tram acquired from the Victorian State Government after a successful application by the Rotary Club of Diamond Creek, Diamond Creek CFA, Diamond Creek Men's Shed and Nillumbik Shire Council. The cafe features a large deck and pergola and state of the art playground. Araluen, a disability support service in Diamond Creek, run the cafe three days a week.[17]

Diamond Creek is serviced by Yarra Plenty Regional Library's Mobile Library.[18]

Retailers[edit]

Diamond Creek has many large retailers, including a Coles Supermarket and a Mitre 10 Home & Trade.

A Foodland grocery store operated for some years. A Tuckerbag was built as the first shopping centre (later Foodworks); that supermarket later became a Ritchies Supa IGA. A chicken-and-chips shop called Mr Rooster. As of 2011 a range of shops trades in the Diamond Creek Plaza: Tattersalls (within the newsagent), Bakers Delight, IGA Liquor and Priceline Pharmacy. There are also several pizza shops and a Chinese restaurant named Ying's Noodle Café.

In 2001 a large modern shopping centre called the Diamond Creek Shopping Station was built across the road featuring a Bi-Lo (subsequently Coles), Harvest Café (now Platters), a deli, an Amcal and a range of other specialty stores.

The Diamond Creek Shopping Station has been extended three times, with a BWS and more stores to come. A fitness centre (Anytime Fitness, previously Fitness Link) and a wheelchair-accessible Bendigo Bank, relocating from the IGA side of the Main Hurstbridge road.

The first of the extensions were to the south of the centre, featuring a large ANZ Bank, a travel agent, a 'Local Doctor' health centre and a drop-in massage shop.

A second extension doubled the size of Coles and added a Liquorland.

In 2001 a McDonald's was added beside Diamond Creek Station and near to Diamond Creek Tavern and Sacred Heart Primary School.

In December 2018, UberEATS announced they would start delivering to Diamond Creek and surrounding areas.

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Diamond Creek (Suburbs and Localities)". 2021 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2 July 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ La Terra, Monique (4 August 2017). "How Did These 10 Suburbs of Victoria Get Their Names?". Culture Trip. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Victorian Heritage Database Ellis Cottage". Victorian Heritage Database. 2010. Archived from the original on 4 June 2021. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  4. ^ "Gold at Diamond Creek". Advertiser. 9 September 1932.
  5. ^ "Diamond Creek Cemetery - Nillumbik". Nillumbik Cemetery Trust. Archived from the original on 17 April 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  6. ^ "Victorian Heritage Database Nillumbik Cemetery". Victorian Heritage Database. Archived from the original on 4 June 2021. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  7. ^ a b Bates, Laurie (2006). Capturing the essence of Diamond Creek. Diamond Creek, Vic.: Laurie Bates. OCLC 224816763.
  8. ^ Hudson, Sarah (7 September 2016). "A Tongala donkey refuge is boosting mental health". The Weekly Times. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Victorian Heritage Database St Johns Anglican Church complex, Sunday School and Parish Hall". Victorian Heritage Database. Archived from the original on 4 June 2021. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  10. ^ "Funerals in Diamond Creek, Australia | Tobin Brothers Funerals". Tobin Brothers Funerals. 2016. Archived from the original on 1 March 2020. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  11. ^ "About | Nillumbik History". Nillumbik Historical Society. Archived from the original on 4 June 2021. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  12. ^ Full Points Footy, Northern Football League, archived from the original on 9 March 2009, retrieved 15 April 2009
  13. ^ Bailey, Megan (9 February 2013). "Op shop proves community lifesaver". Herald Sun. Retrieved 4 June 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ "WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT". OM:NI - Diamond Creek. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  15. ^ "Stand Alone Diamond Creek Ambulance Branch Opens | Premier of Victoria". premier.vic.gov.au. 10 April 2019. Archived from the original on 29 March 2020. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  16. ^ Piovesen, Anthony (13 March 2019). "Last Drinks For Pat's Pub". Diamond Valley Leader: 1 – via http://leader.smedia.com.au/diamond-valley/. {{cite journal}}: External link in |via= (help)
  17. ^ Jones, Kerry (27 January 2021). "Diamond Creek Rotary Tram Cafe Project – Northern Community News". Northern Community News. Archived from the original on 4 March 2021. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  18. ^ "Mobile Library". Yarra Plenty Regional Library. Retrieved 4 June 2021.

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