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Ferny Creek

(3786, 34 km E, Yarra Ranges Shire)

Resting in a valley high in the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne and close to Olinda, Ferny Creek, originally known as One Tree Hill, was later called the Scoresby Village Settlement, though it lay some miles from the township of Scoresby. Settled during the 1890s depression as a means of assisting the unemployed, the area quickly reverted to sparse settlement. A few guesthouses established themselves here and in the 1930s were joined by several notable homes, the most famous of which is Burnham Beeches, the country estate of the Nicholas family of Aspro fame. In 1997 bushfires destroyed many Ferny Creek homes and took three lives.

Arthur Winzenried