The Patch, Victoria

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The Patch
The Patch is located in Melbourne
The Patch
The Patch
Coordinates37°53′38″S 145°23′35″E / 37.894°S 145.393°E / -37.894; 145.393Coordinates: 37°53′38″S 145°23′35″E / 37.894°S 145.393°E / -37.894; 145.393
Population1,065[1] (2016 census)
Elevation301 m (988 ft)
LGA(s)Shire of Yarra Ranges
State electorate(s)Monbulk
Federal Division(s)Casey
Suburbs around The Patch:
Olinda Monbulk Monbulk
Kallista The Patch Monbulk
Selby Menzies Creek Kallista

The Patch is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 39 km east from Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the Shire of Yarra Ranges. At the 2016 census, The Patch had a population of 1,065.[1]


In the 1860s, a patch of Mountain Ash trees were prevalent in just one area and so that area was named The Patch—as recounted in Helen Coulson's book Story Of The Dandenongs.[2] A part of Monbulk not far from Kallista has come under the locality now considered to be The Patch.

There was a brief gold-rush in the area in 1858. During the depression of the 1890s, under the Settlement on Lands Act (1893) in response to poverty, inspired by the idealism of the Rev. Horace Finn Tucker, land around The Patch was divided into 10-acre farming selections and for unemployed city people, most of whom lived in earth-floored paling shacks with of calico instead of glass for windows and who cooked with stream water over camp fires.[3] Many of the people sent had little knowledge of farming or the bush and were doomed to failure. [4] However berry growing was established successfully in the area by the late 1890s, though it was made difficult by poor transport through the hills to metropolitan markets. A successful grower David Camm established Monbulk Jams, with sales worldwide.[5]

The Post Office opened on 1 September 1908. A Post Office also opened at Fairy Dell on 1 July 1916 and closed in 1971.[6]

The Anglican church was built in 1934, the community hall in the 1950s and the primary school in 1983–4. The hall is near the post office (which is also the general store) and the school. The Patch contains area previously known as Coonan and Fairy Dell. Its census population in 1933 was 88 and in 1947 it was 195. It remains a small township and scenic area.

The Town today[edit]

The Patch is a very small suburb and consists only of houses, a community hall, a general store, a primary school, several commercial nurseries and a tennis court. Most of the suburb is classified "Rural Residential".

Further reading[edit]

  • Richter, Armin; A’vard, Jill, (author.); Monbulk Historical Society, (issuing body.) (2019), When roads were tracks : a history of the roads of Monbulk, Kallista, The Patch & Sherbrooke, Monbulk Historical Society Inc, ISBN 978-1-875301-63-8CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Coulson, Helen (1959), Story of the Dandenongs, 1838-1958, Cheshire, ISBN 978-0-582-71479-3
  • Williams, Dorothy. Early settlers; Williams, Dorothy. One big family; Williams, Dorothy. Growing community; Monbulk Historical Society (1990), Monbulk in photographs, Monbulk Historical Society, ISBN 978-1-875301-23-2
  • Reid, Alec; Hotchin, Betty; DeLacy, Yvonne; Kallista Centenary 1993 Association (1993), A village in the forest : the story of Kallista, Kallista Centenary 1993 Association, ISBN 978-0-646-13094-1
  • Williams, Dorothy; Monbulk Historical Society (1989), A century of Monbulk jam, Monbulk Historical Society, ISBN 978-1-875301-32-4
  • Hampton, Roy, (ed.); Bergles, Val, (photographer.); Bergles, Peter, (joint photographer.); Dandenong Ranges Promotion Centre (1978), Victoria's Dandenong Ranges, Dandenong Ranges Promotion Centre, ISBN 978-0-908411-01-6CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  • Hotchin, Betty; Monbulk Historical Society (1990), Early settlement at the Patch-Kallista, Monbulk Historical Society, ISBN 978-1-875301-31-7


  1. ^ a b "2016 Census QuickStats The Patch". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  2. ^ Coulson, Helen (1959), Story of the Dandenongs, 1838-1958, Cheshire, ISBN 978-0-582-71479-3
  3. ^ Hotchin, Betty; Monbulk Historical Society (1990), Early settlement at the Patch-Kallista, Monbulk Historical Society, ISBN 978-1-875301-31-7
  4. ^ Griffiths, Tom (2001), Forests of ash : an environmental history, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0-521-81286-3
  5. ^ 'The Patch has three offerings,' in The Age, Saturday, June 3, 1978, p.39
  6. ^ Phoenix Auctions History, Post Office List, retrieved 21 February 2021