Scoresby is a suburb 25 km south-east of Melbourne, urbanised on its eastern half and open country on its western half, adjoining the Dandenong Creek.


In 1857 Scoresby and the surrounding country was surveyed and named the Parish of Scoresby. It is thought that the name was given in honour of William Scoresby, Arctic explorer and an authority on terrestrial magnetism. He visited Victoria in 1856 and carried out experiments on terrestrial magnetism in or near Scoresby.

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