Murrindindi 3717Murrindindi is a shire created on 18 November, 1994, by the amalgamation of Alexandra and Yea shires and parts of Whittlesea city and Broadford, Eltham, Euroa and Healesville shires.
The name comes from that of a pastoral run taken up by a stock overlander from New South Wales, Peter Snodgrass, who came to Port Phillip in 1838 and chose the Murrindindi site later that year. It was about 15 km. south of the future site of Yea. The name is thought to derive from an Aboriginal word for mists or mountain.
Small Murrindindi localities developed. The Murrindindi school was opened in 1878, and was replaced buy the Murrindindi West school (1899-1914). There is a Murrindindi forest, which was one of the main sources of timber in Victoria during the 1920s-1940s. Its timber products were transported out of the region from Yea, Healesville and Toolangi.
The Murrindindi run was subdivided in the 1850s, but the name continued. A prominent local historian purchased Murrindindi station in 1912 and by the second world war the homestead was the site of an annual gymkhana.
Murrindindi shire's recalculated census population for 1991 was 11,816. Home ownership was 44% of total households, compared with 41.5% for Victoria in 1991. Annual personal income of $12,000 or less applied to 48.9% of the population, however, compared with 44.8% for Victoria.
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