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Nillumbik Shire

This outer northern municipality was created in 1994 by combining the former shires of Eltham (less Montmorency, Lower Plenty, Kinglake) and Diamond Valley (less Greens-borough, Watsonia, Bundoora) and parts of the shires of Whittlesea (Doreen, Arthurs Creek) and Healesville (Christmas Hills, Watsons Creek). The Parish of Nillumbik, which covers the Eltham district, was named in the late 1830s, and the name was derived from an Aboriginal word nyilumbik meaning bad, stupid or red earth. Nillumbik was also an early name for the Diamond Creek area.

Jill Barnard