Montmorency, for many, is still a hidden part of Melbourne. Once situated in the Shire of Eltham, Montmorency is now part of the City of Banyule. For those who know it, the trees, the widening streets, hilly terrain, remnant bushland and Were Street with its environs, the suburb has special appeal.
A new book by local historian and resident Maureen Jones is now in our collection. Montmorency is the author's tribute to this special place. The history from its earliest years as a hunting ground for the Wurundjeri willam people, through its uptake by white settlers. Ownership of the land remained in the hands of one family for over four generations spanning seventy years, before the land evolved through small farmlets into the suburb we now know.
This book uses land records combined with personal stories, photographs and newspaper articles to provide an up to date local history of this area.