Matlock, Victoria

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Matlock
Victoria
Matlock is located in Shire of Mansfield
Matlock
Matlock
Coordinates37°36′S 146°13′E / 37.600°S 146.217°E / -37.600; 146.217Coordinates: 37°36′S 146°13′E / 37.600°S 146.217°E / -37.600; 146.217
Established1863
Postcode(s)3723
Location
LGA(s)
State electorate(s)Eildon
Federal Division(s)Indi

Matlock is a town in Victoria, Australia on the Warburton–Woods Point Road, in the Shire of Mansfield.

The town began after gold was discovered in 1863; the Post Office opened on 21 July 1864, closed in 1934, reopened in 1956 (when a sawmill was established) and closed in 1970.[1] Prior to 1864 the town was known as Emerald Hill, but was changed to avoid confusion with the Melbourne suburb of the same name (this second locality later underwent a name change to South Melbourne). At its peak, the town had a population of around 300, and included several suburbs including Thackery, Alhambra, Mutton Town, and Harpers Creek.

The town was destroyed by fire in 1873, and a smaller village was built in a slightly different location. Mining activity slowed in the 1870s and 1880s, although there was a resurgence in population in the 1890s. By the 1930s only two businesses remained; a wine shop and a post office. A sawmill operated from 1953 to 1975.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008