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(3793, 40 km E, Yarra Ranges Shire)

Close to Mount Dandenong, Monbulk takes its name from an Aboriginal word thought to indicate granite outcrops in the hills. The area remains heavily timbered, and the focus of agricultural production. An 1890s village settlement scheme cleared some 760 acres (304 ha) of Monbulk Forest for a village and 76 ten-acre (4 ha) farms. Formerly partly in the shires of Sherbrooke and Lillydale, Monbulk was from the 1890s a major berry-growing district, and the Monbulk Preserving Co. was a major source of local employment throughout the 20th century until its closure in 1990.

Peter Baddeley