- Healesville, Victoria
Infobox Australian Place | type = town
name = Healesville
state = vic
caption = Location of Healesville in Victoria (red)
lga = Shire of Yarra Ranges
postcode = 3777
pop = 6567 (2006)Census 2006 AUS | id = SSC25751 | name = Healesville (State Suburb) | accessdate = 2007-10-01 | quick = on]
est = 1864
maxtemp = 19.2
mintemp = 8
rainfall = 1020.1
stategov = Seymour
fedgov = McEwen
dist1 = 62
dist2 = 22
near-nw = Chum Creek
near-n = Toolangi
near-ne = Narbethong
near-w = Dixons Creek
near-e = McMahons Creek
near-sw = Coldstream
near-s = Badger Creek
near-se = Don Valley
Healesville is a town located to the northeast of
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is 60 km by road from central Melbourne and about 22 km north-east of Lilydale, considered to be the boundary of greater Melbourne. It is situated on the Watts river, a tributary of the Yarra River. It is in the local government area of the Shire of Yarra Ranges.
The creation of a railway to the more distant
Gippslandand Yarra Valleygoldfields in the 1860s resulted in a settlement forming on the Watts river and its survey as a town in 1864. It was named after Richard Heales, the Premier of Victoria from 1860- 1861. The Post Office opened on 1 May 1865.Citation
last = Premier Postal History | title = Post Office List | url = https://www.premierpostal.com/cgi-bin/wsProd.sh/Viewpocdwrapper.p?SortBy=VIC&country= | accessdate = 2008-04-11 ]
The Town today
Healesville is well known for the
Healesville Sanctuary- a nature park with hundreds of native Australian animals displayed in a semi-open natural setting and an active platypusbreeding program.
Schools in Healesville include the 125 year-old Healesville Primary School, St Bridgids Catholic primary school, the Healesville High School, and Worawa College, an Aboriginal school whose former students include noted AFL player
David Wirrpanda. Much of what is now Healesville lies on the ancestral land of the Wurundjeripeople, and aboriginal missions have been there in the past.
Industries in and around Healesville include
sawmilling, horticulture, tourismand more recently viticulture.
Swinburne TAFE has a campus in Healesville.
The Salvation Armyhas been part of the community since the late 1800's, with a continued and renewed presence in town.Citation | last = The Salvation Army | title = The Salvation Army Healesville | url = http://www.salvationarmy.org.au/healesville | accessdate = 2008-09-16 ] .
The town has an
Australian Rulesfootball team competing in the Yarra Valley Mountain District Football LeagueCitation | last = Full Points Footy | title = Healesville | url = http://www.fullpointsfooty.net/Healesville.htm | accessdate = 2008-07-25 ] .
Noted Aboriginal artist and Wurundjeri elder
William Barakspent much of his life at CoranderrkStation, near Healesville.
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