Flowerdale 3717

Flowerdale is a rural district and township 65 km. north-north-east of Melbourne. It is reached by crossing the Kinglake ranges, and is about mid way between Kinglake West and Yea.

Flowerdale is situated near the King Parrot Creek, which rises north of the Great Dividing/Kinglake Range and flows northwards to the Goulburn River. The King Parrot Creek valley attracted settlement in the late 1830s, and the Flowerdale pastoral run was taken up in 1839. The original holder of the run was Farquhar Mackenzie, grandson of Sir Alexander Mackenzie of Gairloch, Scotland, east of the Isle of Skye. There is a Flowerdale Valley at the head of Gair Loch.

By the early 1890s settlement became sufficiently concentrated for a school to be opened in 1892. Settlement, however, was mostly confined to within a few kilometres of the King Parrot Creek and along the few tracks in the district. As a result the Flowerdale district has extended to localities south and east - Silver Creek and Break O'Day respectively.

Silver Creek and Flowerdale are less than twenty kilometres across the Dividing Range which scarcely exceeds 500 metres above sea level where the Whittlesea-Yea Road crosses it. The area is within convenient commuting distance of metropolitan Melbourne. The Flowerdale/Silver Creek area has general stores, hotels, kindergarten and senior-citizens facilities, and a primary school and public hall at Flowerdale.

Flowerdale's census populations have been 104 (1911), 99 (1933) and 133 (1961).

The estimated population of Flowerdale/Silver Creek in 1993 was 400.


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