Epping 3076

Epping is a suburb 18 km. north of Melbourne, on the Darebin Creek. It is the terminus of a metropolitan railway line.

An unnamed village reserve was surveyed in 1839 where Epping later developed. The village was named Epping in 1853, probably after Epping Forest, Essex, England, by when there were a hotel (1844) and a Catholic school. The Epping Road Board was established a year later. In 1870 the area around Epping became Darebin shire, which was re-named Epping shire in 1893 until united with Whittlesea shire in 1915.

By the time the shire was created Epping township contained several churches, hotels and a state school as well as church school. Farmers of Irish origin predominated, but English, Scots and Germans settled there. There were several dairy farms. The Melbourne to Whittlesea railway (1889-1960) had a station at Epping, and the main areas to benefit were the transport of milk and quarry products.

The original Epping township is on higher ground west of the Darebin Creek (the Catholic church being the only one not to have moved from lower flood-risk land). Several older buildings are constructed in bluestone, plentiful in the surrounding volcanic plains. There are several Catholic and State secondary schools, a TAFE and primary schools. On Epping Road there is a strip shopping centre, and the drive-in Epping Plaza shopping centre to the west, beyond the residential outskirts. The Epping hospital adjoins it. Along the Darebin Creek there is a linear park, and there are several neighborhood reserves.

Epping's census population have been 368 (1911), 487 (1933), 237 (1954. Epping shire's census population in 1911 was 1,298.


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