Croydon is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia positioned close to 28 km east of Melbourne’s Central Business District. Croydon has a populace of almost 27,000 individuals. The area that eventually became Croydon was first put to use during the 1840’s by residents for the grazing of farm animals. The first road through the location was labeled Sawmill road because of a sawmill nearby. Later on it was altered to Oxford Road and in the 1900’s it was changed as to what it is known today as Mt Dandenong Road. The location itself was initially referred to as White Flats since the area was heavily populated by a rough silvery-white type grass. The name of Croydon was given to it with the Lacey family members whom came from Essex, England who called it after the Croydon in the United Kingdom that was Mrs. Lacey’s home town. Near the present Main St shopping area is a street called after the Lacey family.
Parcels of property in the area were first surveyed in 1868 and the region was initially formally habituated with all the location being focused on the farming of sheep, dairy and beef. There were also some sawmills established. After that, there were orchards which incorporated apples, cherries, peaches, pears and also plums which flourished. A number of the current street names around Croydon today mirror that early uses of the area.. In 1874 Cobb & Co commenced a service using horses and carts to the region. A rail track to the area was opened up on 1 December 1882 and the rail station was named Warrandyte which was not actually in Warrandyte that was misleading as that location would be a horse and coach trip 10km away. On 1 August 1884 it had been redubbed to become referred to as the Croydon railway stop. In the mid-1880s Mr James Hewish developed his homestead and commenced a few other small business ventures that involved a general shop, news agency, butchers shop as well as a hotel. He also established several orchard trees. The Croydon Post Office was opened on 1 December 1883. The close by Nelson’s Hill Post Office opened up in 1902 and was later on renamed Burnt Bridge in 1979. In Mt Dandenong Road in 1908 Croydon Hall had been built. It was eventually proclaimed and gazetted being a town in 1912.
In 1920 a Monday marketplace was began in Croydon including livestock, chickens, other birds as well as other small animals. It was really a noted landmark in the region as well as a favorite meeting place for locals from adjoining areas prior to the site was redeveloped in the 80s. It was finally shut down in 2012. For administrative, Croydon was initially a part of what was then the Shire of Lillydale, but in 1957 a request was submitted by administrators for Croydon to go out of the Shire of Lillydale and be its own governing body. The City and Shire of Croydon was incorporated in May 1961 and it was announced as a City in 1971. Afterwards, it was amalgamated, in addition to the City of Ringwood to become the City of Maroondah in 1994. These days, the Main Street of Croydon is a booming area hub that has nearly 200 stores.
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