Mernda 3754

Mernda, on the edge of metropolitan Melbourne, is 26 km. to its north. Originally known as Morang until 1893, then South Yan Yean, the name Mernda was given in 1913 to distinguish the locality from the Yan Yean reservoir and picnic grounds. The name Mernda is derived from an Aboriginal word thought to mean earth.

When Mernda was named in 1913 it had a school, a Methodist church, a store, a railway station and a mechanics' institute. The institute was used for the Whittlesea shire council's chambers until the 1920s. Mernda had several dairy farms for metropolitan milk supply. A live stock sale yards operated beside the Bridge Inn, which had been built in 1841.

The township has shops and a post office, a recreation reserve, a primary school, Uniting and Catholic churches and a railway reservation resulting from the line to Whittlesea that was closed in 1960. The Ivanhoe Grammar School has a Mernda campus to the east, towards Doreen.

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