The history of the area now known as Macleod has been a sad one, full of conquest and oppression. This history goes back to before the whitefella came to these shores, when the area formed part of a contested boundary between assorted tribes of the Woiworung and Taungurong peoples, but it got no better once Europeans came.

There were recorded disputes involving landowners from throughout the surrounding region, including the Gavarros of Rosanna, the Morentzies of Montmorency, the du Clairmonts of Bundoora, the Groens of Greensborough, the Watsons of Watsonia, and the Moritz-Haslungs of Lower Plenty, over ownership of various parts of the area, and the rights to the watercourse that bisects it. Even once the area was subdivided into residential lots, it remained a subject of contention, with the various local councils pleading to the state or federal governments of their days that they should be allowed to annex it (if they didn’t currently control it) or keep it (if they did). The reason for this was the value of the land, first for grazing, and later for the swag of money brought in by its ratepayers.

But as the years went by, the dollar value and purchasing power of those council rates dropped in terms of real, although only the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the actual residents of Macleod seemed to be aware of this (the information was publicly available – it appears that very few people ever looked for it). It became, as the Bard would have it, “a little patch of ground that hath in it no profit but the name.” Which suited the residents just fine. They only ever wanted to have a decision made once and for all, and then to be able to get on with things. Their battle cry was ever “Hey, you, get offa Macleod!”

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