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History of Maroondah

Maroondah has a rich history and is fortunate to have two active historical societies. Brief information is available on the history of Croydon and the history of Ringwood on this site, or you can contact the historical societies directly.

Croydon Historical Society

Main Street Croydon

  • Les Hutchinson
    03 9294 5648

Museum
Library Complex
Civic Square
Croydon

The Croydon Historical Society meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 8pm at:

Glenn Frost Room
Croydon Library Complex
Civic Square, Croydon

For further information please call either Les Hutchinson 9723 2322 or Jane Moore 9723 3955.

Ringwood Historical Society

  • Ringwood ClocktowerRuss Haines
    03 9876 4367

More about the Ringwood Historical Society including its meeting dates can be found on the Ringwood Historical Society web site.

  • Indigenous History

    The first people that occupied the Melbourne area prior to European colonisation were the Wurundjeri people.

    View Indigenous History
  • History of Croydon

    A history of Croydon - from sheep and cattle grazing to the making of a shire.

    View History of Croydon
  • History of Ringwood

    Ringwood's origins - from orcharding and antimony mining to thriving retail centre.

    View History of Ringwood

Croydon Today

Croydon Today

Main Street Croydon is still the thriving hub and currently has over 187 traders, from eateries, clothing, music, toys, hairdressers, a cinema and many others. The Main Street has ample parking on and behind the shops.

The Croydon Market Complex as it is now known, has been subject to several development applications including one for a small cinema complex to be built, which did not eventuate. The key tennant being a 19 aisle Coles Supermarket (second largest in victoria) and 15 or so smaller traders including a newsagent, chemist and various clothing, eateries, florist and bakeries. In the early 2000s the site was expanded to include an Aldi supermarket, taking over part of the existing carpark on the Kent Avenue side of the block.

Croydon is also served by the Arndale Centre, Mt Dandenong Road and Civic Square, opposite the Croydon Park, which has in excess of 20 retail outlets of size and type.

During the late 1990s and early 2000 onwards, Croydon's housing density and type changed and increased with the advent of 'dual-occupancy' Many of former large housing blocks, were sold and redeveloped.

Residents have since then seemed to feel slightly aggrieved with some actions in the new City and have more than once stated at Council meetings and in the local newspapers over the years that they are 'second cousins to those in Ringwood."

The Croydon area is served by two weekly newspapers, The Maroondah Journal and The Maroondah Leader.

Courtesy of Wikipedia

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