Silvan 3795Silvan is a rural township 42 km. east of Melbourne on the eastern side of the Dandenong Ranges. The area was originally South Wandin Yallock (which is briefly discussed under Wandin).
In 1876 a primary school was opened at South Wandin Yallock, which was part of an orcharding and berry-growing area. In 1913 the school's name was changed to Silvan. The name's origin would seem to derive from the surrounding tree-covered slopes.
In the 1920s the growth of housing in Melbourne's eastern and south-eastern suburbs caused a flurry of water-storage construction. Three storages, O'Shannassy, Maroondah and Silvan, were built. The Silvan reservoir was the largest, and was completed in 1932. It is fed by an aqueduct from the O'Shannassy reservoir, as well as a conduit from the Upper Yarra dam (1957).
The Silvan area's soil is suitable for growing vegetables, fruit, cut flowers and bulbs. Tesselaars tulip farm is a large flower and bulb grower, and has an annual Spring festival and other attractions throughout the year. The area also draws tourists to the Silvan reservoir park, pick-yourself orchards and berry farms. Silvan township is small with a store, hall, post-office, school and recreation reserve. The Silvan South primary school is quite close to the Monbulk township. Situated between Silvan South and the reservoir is an area named Burleigh.
Silvan and Silvan South's census populations have been 563 (1933) and 792 (1991).
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