South Morang, Victoria
|Population||20,873 (2011 census)|
|• Density||3,538/km2 (9,160/sq mi)|
|Area||5.9 km2 (2.3 sq mi)|
|Location||27 km (17 mi) from Melbourne|
|LGA(s)||City of Whittlesea|
|State electorate(s)||Mill Park|
South Morang is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 23 km north-east of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Whittlesea. At the 2011 Census, South Morang had a population of 20,873.
Originally known as Morang South, South Morang grew from a country area on the outskirts of Melbourne in the late 1990s/early 2000s to a suburban area with new estates being developed.
Before the arrival of European explorers and farmers, the area now called South Morang was inhabited by the Wurundjeri balug clan.
In 1824, William Hovell and Hamilton Hume (who hated each other by the way) were the first Europeans to set foot in what is now the City of Whittlesea when they were going from Sydney to Port Philip Bay.
By 1840, the area was owned by rich landowners. By the 1850s, the area was used for farming. Lots of evidence of the farming, such as dry stone walls, can still be seen today.
The old South Morang railway station served the Whittlesea steam railway line until the 1950s. It was further north than the current station.
South Morang's ethnically diverse surrounding suburbs (such as Mill Park and Epping) have added to its ethnic diversity as residents of those suburbs move to South Morang. 84% of residents are Australian born but are associated with the following ethnic groups: Italian, Greek, Maltese, Croatian, Macedonian, Russian, British and New Zealander.
The Lakes South Morang P-9 School opened in 2007.
South Morang Football Club, an Australian Rules football team, competes in the Northern Football League and are based at Mill Park Lakes. Brownlow medallist Kevin Murray played football for South Morang after his retirement from the AFL.
It is also home to the Northern District Softball Association with multiple clubs playing at its site in Mill Park.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "South Morang (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
- Australian Places - Morang South
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
- Farm Vigano at The Mint Inc
- Le Page Homestead
- Plenty Gorge Park
- Full Points Footy, Northern Football League, retrieved 15 April 2009
- Footy Pulse, Community Club & Volunteer of the Week, retrieved 31 August 2009