Montmorency 3094Montmorency is a residential locality 18 km north-east of Melbourne between Greensborough and Eltham. It was named after a farm, the Montmorency estate, which was named after the French town where J.J. Rousseau lived.
The first evidence of a township was the building of a Presbyterian church in 1917 in the midst of small rural landholdings. A primary school was opened in 1922, the year before the station was opened on the railway line to Hurstbridge. Electricity was connected to the area in 1926. Whilst there was a residential nucleus from the 1920s, most of Montmorency consisted of orchards, dairying and poultry farms until after the second world war. The estimated population in 1922 was 200, including weekenders.
In 1950 the estimated population was 600, and facilities extended to two churches, a public hall, sports ground and tennis court. By the end of the decade the population had increased five-fold, although still with unoccupied building sites which commanded fine views. A modern shopping centre and factories had been built. The high school was opened in 1969.
Montmorency has parklands adjoining the Plenty River on its western side and several neighborhood parks, particularly in its south-east sector. There is a shopping centre near the railway station and another near the Montmorency South primary school in the south-east.
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