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Wheelers Hill

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Wheelers Hill is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 23 km south-east of Melbourne's central business district. At 152m above sea level it includes one of the highest points in metropolitan Melbourne. Its local government area is the City of Monash. At the, Wheelers Hill had a population of 19,105.HistoryWheelers Hill was almost certainly named after the Wheeler brothers, John and Bartholomew, who were early settlers in the area. The Wheelers Hill Hotel was a post office and stopping point for farmers before a 6 to 8 hour drive to the city by horse to sell their goods. The Wheelers Mansion was destroyed by a fire in the late 1920s. The house was located somewhere to the south of the Wheelers Hill Library. The Post Office opened on 1 January 1869 but was called Mulgrave until 1888.Wheelers Hill was the last suburb of the now Monash City Council to be linked up to the electricity grid. This is because, at the time, there was a dispute between the Shire of Mulgrave and the Council of Waverley on whose suburb it was. The main roads in Wheelers Hill were named after land owners and run along the boundaries of old orchards and farms.In Columbia Park on Jells Road, there are steps and a brick outline indicating where "Bellenden" homestead once stood. This was a solid brick home reportedly built for W.D. Robertson, a retired Melbourne baker. It had a tower which gave a commanding view towards the Dandenong Ranges. During World War II, the building was in use as a home for children with infantile paralysis, then known as "spastic" babies. When the mothers were needed to work on the farms left idle by the men who had gone to war, their special needs babies were cared for at Columbia Park. The house was occupied by a family named Jungwirth post-war and was in ruins by the time V.F.L Park was built nearby.
Wheelers Hill is in Monash. Our Australia road trip website allows you to schedule your trip to Wheelers Hill, learn about its attractions, and find out about where else to go during your holiday.
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