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Mornington Main Street Heritage Walk




The area was frequented by the Boonwurrung/Bunurong people and visited by Matthew Flinders in 1802. The first European settlers entered the area in the 1840s seeking timber and fi sh and taking up pastoral leases. A Government survey in 1854 of the area called
Schnapper Point, after the headland, allowed for land sales. The township declared Mornington in 1861, was named after the 2nd Earl of Mornington who had been British Foreign Secretary. Mornington quickly became the major commercial and legal centre for townships and rural communities across the Peninsula.

By around 1910, Mornington had become a popular bayside destination for holiday makers. Steamers called at the jetty and the train had been running daily since 1889.
The road to Frankston was soon to bring the first motorists and buses, replacing the Cobb and Co. coaches.

Today’s Main Street reflects the changing times over its history. The brochure takes you
on a walk of sites of historical interest as shown by the plaques placed on significant
buildings.

Sites covered in the brochure are Court House & Lock Up, Mornington Coffee Palace, Commercial Bank, Blake St & Corner, Railway Store, The Grand Hotel, Main St South, Old Fire Station, Plaza Cafe, Bradford Dairy, Livery & Coaching Stables, Oriental Bank & Allchin’s Store, Males Butchery and the Hairdressers, Cottage/Billiard Room/Shop, Mechanic’s Institute & RSL Club, Federal House, Old Post Office and the State Savings Bank.

The brochure (see link below) was produced by the Chamber of Commerce, Mornington
to commemorate (150 years) of the declaration of the township of Mornington 1861-2011.

Records and photos may be viewed in the Old Post Office Museum, Cnr Main Street and Esplanade, Mornington.


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Main Street,  Mornington 3931, Victoria, Australia. View Map Map opens in new browser window
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Map: 104 Ref: D10

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