Arthurs Creek, Victoria

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Arthurs Creek
Arthurs Creek is located in Melbourne
Arthurs Creek
Arthurs Creek
Location in metropolitan Melbourne
Coordinates37°35′S 145°12′E / 37.583°S 145.200°E / -37.583; 145.200Coordinates: 37°35′S 145°12′E / 37.583°S 145.200°E / -37.583; 145.200
Population496 (2016)[1]
LGA(s)Shire of Nillumbik
State electorate(s)Eildon
Federal Division(s)McEwen
Localities around Arthurs Creek:
Humevale Kinglake West Strathewen
Yan Yean Arthurs Creek St Andrews
Doreen Nutfield Cottles Bridge

Arthurs Creek is a town in Victoria, Australia, 33 kilometres north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the Shire of Nillumbik. At the 2016 census, Arthurs Creek had a population of 496.

It is named after Henry Arthur,[2] a member of John Batman's Port Phillip Association and nephew of George Arthur, a governor of Tasmania.


The proclamation of the Duffy Land Act in 1862 saw the beginning of the permanent settlement at Arthurs Creek.[3] Arthurs Creek began as a horticultural settlement with numerous orchards, with the Post Office opening on 7 October 1889 (it closed in 1972).[4] After the First World War, cattle and sheep farms replaced orchards as the principal industry. Today, the land-holdings of Arthurs Creek are a mixture of smaller farm properties including vineyards, orchards, and life-style properties.

The township of Arthurs Creek consists of a primary school, Mechanic's Institute Hall, CFA Station and a Uniting church. There is also a cricket oval known as Ryders Flat and the Arthurs Creek Cemetery, dating back to the 1870s; the Arthurs Creek Cemetery was originally the private cemetery of pioneers Agnes and Patrick Reid.

Historical residents of Arthurs Creek include Frank Dalby Davison, the author of novels such as Man-shy and Dusty. Davison lived on a property called "Folding Hills" from 1951 to 1970.[5]

Arthurs Creek was hit by the Black Saturday bushfires in February 2009; the East Kilmore fire hit parts of Arthurs Creek and adjoining communities of Strathewen, Kinglake and St Andrews.[6]


Arthurs Creek Primary School is situated at 900 Arthurs Creek Road, Arthurs Creek VIC 3099, and is a Prep to Grade 6 school.[7]

A Mobile library services Arthurs Creek which is managed by Yarra Plenty Regional Library[8]

The Mechanics Institute Hall, established in 1887, is located at 906 Arthurs Creek Road, Arthurs Creek, and is a function room available for hire, it is run and maintained by the Arthurs Creek Hall committee.[9]

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  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Arthurs Creek (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Pioneers honored". The Age. 6 September 1977. p. 3. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  3. ^ Nankervis, Peter (2015). Arthurs Creek snapshots from the past. Momento. p. 1.
  4. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
  5. ^ Frank Dalby Davison
  6. ^ The Australian, Feb 16 2009
  7. ^ "Arthurs Creek Primary School". January 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Service Timetable". Yarra Plenty Regional Library. 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Hall for Hire, Arthurs Creek Mechanics Institute". January 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2019.

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