While it is a widely-recognised fact of immigration that many cultural groups prefer to cluster together in their new lands, wherever they may be, it is a less well known and understood fact that certain areas, for no apparent reason, are attractive to certain groups. That independently of each other, immigrants from one nation or culture may choose the same destinations.
The central south of the Mornington Peninsula is, for reasons passing human understanding, such an area. After the gold rush wore off, the flood of new arrivals in Melbourne diminished to a smaller, if just as constant, stream. And within that stream, immigrants of particular origins stood out. Californians, Oregonians and Nevadans, fleeing the imminent closure of the frontier in their own land, made their way to Australia, in search of a new frontier. But like iron filings to a magnet, many of them were drawn to the peninsula.
Here, between Red Hill and the ocean, they would set up wineries on the landward slopes of their properties, much like they had back in the United States, and make a comfortable enough life for themselves. They would also give the area its name – and these former Americans, the name of their old nationality usually abbreviated to Americs, or just Merics, may not even have realised how the area came to be so-called.
Suburbs near Merricks:
|Red Hill||Merricks North||Merricks North||Balnarring||Balnarring|
|Red Hill South||Merricks North||Merricks North||Balnarring||Balnarring|
|Red Hill South||Merricks||Merricks||Balnarring||Balnarring|
|Shoreham||Merricks||Merricks||Merricks Beach||Balnarring Beach|
|Shoreham||Point Leo||Merricks||Western Port Bay||Western Port Bay|
|Western Port Bay||Western Port Bay||Western Port Bay||Western Port Bay||Western Port Bay|