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Lysterfield remains a mostly rural area 35 km. south-east of Melbourne, with Ferntree Gully to its north, Narre Warren to its south and Rowville on its west. It consists of a fertile valley along the Monbulk Creek, low ranges and a basin in which several watercourses drain to the Lysterfield Lake. (The township of Monbulk is several kilometres north-east.)

The Monbulk Creek valley was fist settled in 1838 and was known as part of Narre Warren. In 1874 William Saurin Lyster, a selector and operatic impressario, donated land for a primary school. A public meeting thereupon decided on Lysterfield as the name for the district (including Rowville). Farming selections were taken up, with dairying as the main use. A horse stud name Netherlea bred the famous steeplechaser Moss Trooper whose wins in 1929-30 remain unbeaten.

In 1929 the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission built Lysterfield Reservoir to reticulate water to the Mornington Peninsula, Springvale and Dandenong. Subsequently land comprising the water catchment area was resumed and reserved as the Lysterfield Lake Park, extending from Narre Warren North to Belgrave Heights.

Apart from Lysterfield's rural activities there is a quarry on the western ranges, a progress hall (1931), a recreation reserve (1941) and a school. There is no township. Until 1994 Lysterfield was in Sherbrooke shire, but is now divided between Knox and Yarra Ranges shires.

Lysterfield's census populations have been 119 (1911), 249 (1954).


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