Hume Local History
Hume is a local government area in Victoria, Australia, located in the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne. The area was named after Hamilton Hume, who explored the area during the early 19th century.
Prior to European settlement, the area now known as Hume was occupied by the Wurundjeri people. The Wurundjeri used the land for hunting and fishing and had established a complex trading network with other Indigenous groups.
European settlement began in the late 1830s, with a number of squatters moving into the area. The squatters took up large tracts of land, often displacing the Indigenous population in the process.
In the mid-1850s, gold was discovered in the area, leading to a sudden influx of miners. This sparked a period of rapid growth and development, with the establishment of towns and settlements throughout the region.
During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Hume continued to grow and prosper, with the establishment of industries such as agriculture, manufacturing, and transport.
One of the key events in the area's history was the construction of the Hume Highway, which runs through the heart of the region. The highway was built in the 1920s and 1930s and played a key role in the economic development of Hume and the wider region.
During the latter half of the 20th century, Hume continued to grow and expand, with the establishment of new housing developments and the growth of existing towns and cities. Today, Hume is home to a diverse range of communities and industries, and is a key part of the economic and social fabric of Victoria.
Despite the many changes and developments that have occurred over the years, Hume has remained true to its roots, with a strong sense of community and a deep appreciation for its history and traditions. Whether you are a resident or a visitor, there is much to discover and explore in this vibrant and dynamic part of Australia.