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(3094, 18 km NE, Banyule City)

Similarities in topography between the eastern flanks of the lower Plenty River between Greensborough and Eltham and a picturesque area beyond the outskirts of Paris suggested the name Montmorency for a farm when Crown land was sold in the 1850s. In 1876 the Eltham Shire Council acquired land for a road and railway reserve, but suburban development had to await not only the railway (1902) but also a local station (1922). Shops and a state school soon followed (1923). A more concerted period of house building followed after World War II through to the 1970s, and a high school opened in 1969.

Andrew Lemon