Mount Cottrell is a town in Victoria, Australia, 31 km west of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the Cities of Melton and Wyndham local government areas. Mount Cottrell recorded a population of 569 at the 2016 Census.

It is named after Anthony Cottrell, a member of the Port Phillip association who was allotted the land by the company in about 1835–36. The original "No.10" hut was located about 1.5 km north of the Mount Cottrell summit.[2]

The town consists of mainly privately owned open land. It is named after the 200m high mountain it encompasses, called Mount Cottrell. Mount Cottrell is a volcanic cone formed by the radial eruption of numerous lava tongues, the most massive of the Werribee Plains volcanoes. The mountain was purchased by Melton Council in 2007 to preserve the significant geological and flora and fauna values on the site.

Mount Cottrell Post Office opened on 1 January 1866, closed in 1895, reopened in 1902 and closed again in 1958.[3]

Mount Cottrell massacre

The Mount Cottrell Massacre was a reprisal for the killing of a convict and his shepherd by indigenous people, 10 indigenous people were murdered at Mt Cottrell by 17 settlers with muskets on July 16, 1836. [4] [5]

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References

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Mount Cottrell (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 8 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Shire or Melton heritage study - Mount Cottrell homestead" (PDF). Melton shire council. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  3. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
  4. ^ Hocking, Geoff (2013). Wyndham: Our Story. Castlemaine, Victoria: New Chum Press.
  5. ^ "Massacre Map Australia: The Killing Times". The Guardian. 19 July 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.