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Keon Park is a residential area 14 km. north of Melbourne between Reservoir and Thomastown.

The area in which Keon Park is situated comprised two allotments of Robert Hoddle's subdivision of 1838. The western part became the Merri Lands estate and the other, east of High Street, was owned by Robert Campbell. Both were of about 380 ha., and had the Preston-Whittlesea boundary on their north. The Merri Lands name is carried through to a primary school (1959) and a high school (1958) in Keon Park.

The Keon Park railway station was provided in 1929, between Reservoir and Thomastown stations.

Whereas Reservoir had substantial residential development by the end of the second world war, the housing growth northwards to Keon Park came in the following decade. The Keon Park primary school opened in 1955 and the technical school in 1959. Two others in the east near the Darebin Creek were Burbank (1965) and Keon Park East, later Rosebank (1968).

Keon Park has a shopping centre near the railway station and the J.C. Donath Reserve with several sports ovals. The reserve was named after a town clerk of Preston city council.


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