Mernda, Victoria

Mernda is located in Melbourne
Population: 831 (2006) [1]
Postcode: 3754
Elevation: 152 m (499 ft)
LGA: City of Whittlesea
State District: Yan Yean
Federal Division: McEwen
Suburbs around Mernda:
Yan Yean
Wollert Mernda Doreen
Epping South Morang Yarrambat

Mernda is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 31 km north-east from Melbourne's central business district. Its Local Government Area is the City of Whittlesea. At the 2006 Census, Mernda had a population of 831.



The area was known as Morang and Yan Yean until 1893, when it was renamed Yan Yean South. It was in 1913 that the locality was renamed Mernda, which was derived from an Australian Aboriginal word meaning earth. In 1913, Mernda contained a school, a Methodist church, a bakery/store, a railway station and a mechanics' institute, as well as the Bridge Inn Hotel. The Post Office opened on 19 February 1875 as Yan Yean and was renamed Yan Yean South in 1892 and Mernda in 1913.[2]


Mernda has a post office, Uniting and Catholic churches, and railway tracks which once led to Whittlesea, now closed. Acacia College and Ivanhoe Grammar School have campuses in Mernda.

Mernda is well known for its sporting teams in the Northern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne. The Mernda Football Club (The Demons) have a long and very successful history dating back more than 100 years in the Whittlesea District Football League, the Diamond Valley Football League and its successor the Northern Football League. They've played finals football in many of those years and have won 18 premierships in that time.[3]

The Mernda Cricket Club has also been very successful in the region, playing finals and winning premierships regularly in both the JIKA Cricket Association and the Diamond Valley Cricket Association. After winning the Money Shield in season 2006/07 and making the step to A Grade cricket, Mernda won their very first Barclay Shield in season 2008/09. Mernda also enjoyed success in the lower grades of the DVCA during that season, winning the E Grade premiership.

In 2004, residents formed the Mernda and District Residents Association to lobby for the town to be connected to the natural gas pipeline about to be laid in the area. The group was successful and residents now enjoy this essential service.

The area is now being suburbanized with several new estates under construction. The suburb of Mernda consists of a number of new and developing housing subdivisions offering delightful views of the picturesque surroundings of native woodlands and wetlands. Modern, mobile, young to middle aged families are taking up residence in the new communities of Berry Lane, Mernda Ridge, Mernda Villages, Woodland Waters, Hawkstowe, Riverdale and Renaissance Rise all of which provide a variety of home lifestyles.

A strategic transport plan developed by the Victorian State Government has earmarked Mernda to be 're-connected' to the rail system by 2027, however the 'South Morang and Mernda Rail Alliance' are seeking an earlier completion date of 2014 due to rising population and congestion in the area.[4]

See also

Mernda railway station


External links

Coordinates: 37°36′32″S 145°05′35″E / 37.609°S 145.093°E / -37.609; 145.093

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