Wollert, Victoria

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Wollert
Victoria
Wollert church.JPG
Uniting church
Wollert is located in Melbourne
Wollert
Wollert
Coordinates37°35′49″S 145°01′59″E / 37.597°S 145.033°E / -37.597; 145.033Coordinates: 37°35′49″S 145°01′59″E / 37.597°S 145.033°E / -37.597; 145.033
Population24,407 (2021 census)[1]
Postcode(s)3750
Elevation100 m (328 ft)
Location
LGA(s)City of Whittlesea
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)
Suburbs around Wollert:
Craigieburn Beveridge Beveridge
Craigieburn Wollert Mernda
Epping Epping Mernda

Wollert is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 26 km north of Melbourne's central business district, located within the City of Whittlesea local government area. Wollert recorded a population of 24,407 at the 2021 census.

History[edit]

"Wollert" is a Woiwurrung word meaning "where possums abound", and the suburb takes its name from the land parish in which part of it is situated.[2][3] From 1836 until the early 1850s, sheep raising was the main activity. Summerhill farm on Summerhill Road was built by Thomas Wilson, in the 1850s. He ran a dairy, pig and sheep farm. When he sold the property in 1886 it was regarded as one of the finest farming properties in Victoria at the time.[4]

A bluestone house and outbuidlings, a bluestone quarry and dry stone wall in Bindts Road, Wollert are considered of high local significance.[5] Hehr's Pine Park Farm complex in Epping Road illustrates early German building practices the manner of which the resources of the land were put to use and the dairy and horse breeding industries.[6]

In 1853, much of the land was subdivided into smaller farm lots, and necessary access roads laid out. During this period Wollert became a dairying community, with significant dairy production continuing for the Melbourne market until the 1960s. In more recent years, dairying has largely ceased and smaller-scale grazing and Wollert's quarrying and brickmaking facilities represent the suburb's main industries.[3]

The first school, established by the Church of England, commenced in 1852. A bluestone Government school replaced it in 1877 and continued until 1994. The Wollert General Store is still in operation, but the adjacent Dance Palais is no longer is use. Wollert Post Office opened on 1 September 1876, closed in 1895, then reopened in 1902.[7]

During the late 1940s, several large Wollert properties were purchased by the Soldier Settlement. They were then subdivided and allocated to eligible ex-servicemen.[8]

A Methodist Church was built in 1878 to replace an earlier one built in 1859. This church continued as the Wollert Uniting Church but later closed. The building has a historic and social value for the City of Whittlesea. Its architecture expresses key characteristics of the Carpenter Gothic style, including timber cladding and lancet windows. In May 2022 Major Road Projects Victoria announced that they will be relocating and restoring the church as part of the Epping Road Upgrade. It will be moved to the Carome Homestead in Mernda.[9]

The Patch residential and community development at Bodycoats Road is managed by Jinding property development.[10] Wollertrise is managed by the Dahua Group.[11]

Landmarks[edit]

Notable locals[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Wollert (Suburbs and Localities)". 2021 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 July 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Council, Whittlesea. "Place Snapshot: Wollert". whittlesea.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Wollert". Victorian Places. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Summerhill complex". vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 25 May 2022.
  5. ^ "Bluestone house and outbuidlings, bluestone quarry & dry stone wall". vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 25 May 2022.
  6. ^ "Hehr's Pine Park Farm Complex". vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 25 May 2022.
  7. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 11 April 2008.
  8. ^ City of Whittlesea Heritage Study, 1990
  9. ^ Build, Victoria’s Big (18 May 2022). "Wollert Church relocation". Victoria’s Big Build. Retrieved 25 May 2022.
  10. ^ "About". The Patch, Wollert | Land / House & Land for Sale. Retrieved 25 May 2022.
  11. ^ "Building homes with a difference". Wollert Rise. Retrieved 25 May 2022.
  12. ^ Hustwaite, Megan (27 April 2010). "Wollert's Cotchin is born to lead". Whittlesea Leader. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2010.