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In the mid-1850s traces of gold were found in the creek.[2] In 1891 a sawmill was established and tree cutting gave way to clearing and farming selections.[2] In 1892 the area was surveyed for selections.[2] In 1897 the school was opened and there was an early Methodist church.[2] In the 1930s Lake Yambunga was excavated for swimming and camping.[2] In 1937 a new Presbyterian church was built.[2]


In the 2016 Census, there were 983 people in Chum Creek. 79.9% of people were born in Australia and 90.4% of people spoke only English at home. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 46.2%, Catholic 13.7% and Anglican 11.8%.[1]



  • Chum Creek Primary School is a small, rural, State-run P-6 school. Since 1897 the school has served the Chum Creek, Toolangi and Healesville West communities. The school is known for a low-key and friendly approach to education as well as a focus on environmental education and sustainable living.


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  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Chum Creek (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 October 2018.    Material was copied from this source, which is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Victorian Places Chum Creek". Victorian Places. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  3. ^ Lemon, Andrew (2004). A great Australian school - Wesley College examined. Helicon Press. p. 306. ISBN 0-9586785-8-8.