Melville Forest - VIC

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DEG: -37.505589 141.850906
DMS: 37º 30' 20.12" S 141º 51' 3.26" E
UTM: 54 H 5848699mN 575207mE
Altitude: 245.83m


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1192 Dundas Gap Rd
Melville Forest VIC 3315
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Melville Forest and other properties, once a large land-holdings in their own rights, had each been subdivided from the huge Konongwootong squatter's run in the mid 19th century.

Following WW1 a depressed Britain wished to provide opportunities for the betterment of some of its people, in particular its returning Army Officers. The Victorian government also wished to further open up Western Victoria.

Melville Forest Estate, named after the bushranger, was sub-divided for the settlement of ex-British Indian Army officers following the first World War. Almost all abandoned their blocks when the price of wool collapsed but their places were filled by Australian returned men who, aided by their experience, struggled through the depression years.

In 1928, three settlers called the first meeting to discuss establishment of a school. The building, provided by the parents on nearby private property, was moved to the present site where head teacher Miss. D. Carter taught 12 pupils. Miss Carter represented Australia in the high jump event at the 1932 Olympic games.

The school closed in 1940 and re-opened in 1950. In 1952 the teacher's residence was built largely by community effort.

Because of the persistent and enthusiastic support of the parents, the school was, in its day, extremely well equipped by the standards of the time.

In the 1950's and early 60's the local school had one teacher teaching Prep (Kindergarten) to Year 8 with total student numbers of 10 to 12. The school also served as the community hall, or perhaps it was the other way around.

To the south of the school on an adjacent property was the local manual telephone exchange.

The pictures were taken in 2007, by which time the school had long been closed.
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TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Hamilton Airport
Distance from Melville Forest 24.56km SE
Mean Max. °C26.426.724.019.915.712.912.113.315.217.720.923.9
Mean Min. °C10.911.
Mean Rain mm33.924.435.338.149.365.768.478.968.456.548.945.7

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