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Mortlake, Victoria

The first white settlers to arrive in Mortlake were probably David Fisher and his party in 1839, who set up a station which was left under the charge of Thomas Anderson. Establishment of Mortlake as a settlement occurred in the 1850s and 1860s. The Post Office opened 2 February 1859.

Many of the original bluestone buildings include those in the Shaw Street Bluestone Precinct, such as The Mill, The Old Mortlake Courthouse, and The Old Shire Offices.

Mortlake is also the Olivine capital of Australia - the beautiful crystal found at Mt Shadwell.


Tea Tree Lake
In the late 1870s, an area of swamp was drained and established as the Mortlake Botanical Gardens, which at its height covered nearly 50 acres (200,000 m2).

As a present to the township in 1988 (Australia's Bicentennial) a new lake was constructed by the State Government. This lake is now known as Tea Tree Lake.


Mortlake plays host to the annual Australian Busking Championships. Normally held on the first Saturday of February, until 2006 when it was held in April, the festival attracts people in their thousands to displays of street-performers, professional buskers, stalls and kids' rides.

The town has a range of community, service and sporting groups and activities. There are Rotary, Lions, Apex, RSL, CWA, Red Cross, Freemasons and Probus clubs, as well as the Mortlake and District Historical Society and the Gardening club, with its annual rose show.

Sporting clubs include bowls, swimming, tennis, squash and badminton, as well as a skate park. Young people can also join the Moyne Shire Youth Council to promote youth and community activities.

The students and staff at Mortlake P-12 College run a yearly drama production and in previous years they have produced 'Grease', 'Cats', 'Les MisÚrables', 'Oklahama', 'Pirates of Penzance' and 'Beauty and the Beast'. (Wikipedia)

For further information about Mortlake contact the ...

Mortlake Community Development Committee Inc

Secretary

or visit their website

Mortake Victoria



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