Macclesfield 3782Macclesfield is a hilly rural district 47 km. east of Melbourne, immediately north of Emerald.
The area was first penetrated by miners who found gold in the Macclesfield Creek in 1865. The name is thought to have been given by a miner named Stringer after the town of Macclesfield in Cheshire, England. Minor land selections followed and a general store was opened in 1872. A post office was opened in 1891. Apart from grazing, gum leaf harvesting was carried on for the distilling of eucalyptus oil.
St. Hilda's Anglican church was opened in 1904 and a primary school in 1909. Cricket and football clubs were formed. Macclesfield continues to be a grazing and agricultural district with its public facilities (school, church, cemetery, fire station and reserve) distributed about the area. There is also a Macclesfield Scout Park.
The census population in 1954 was 89 and the estimate for 1978 was 350.
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