Macclesfield is a hilly rural district 47 km east of Melbourne, immediately north of Emerald. Its western and eastern boundaries are the Woori Yallock and Cockatoo Creeks.

Miners found gold in the Macclesfield Creek in 1865. The name is thought to have been given by a miner named Stringer after the town of Macclesfield in Cheshire, England. Minor land selections followed and a general store was opened in 1872. A post office was opened in 1891. Apart from grazing, gum leaf harvesting was carried on for the distilling of eucalyptus oil.

St Hilda's Anglican church was opened in 1904 and a primary school in 1909. Cricket and football clubs were formed. Macclesfield continues to be a grazing and agricultural district with its public facilities (school, hall, church, fire station and reserve) in Macclesfield and Tschampions Roads. There is also a Macclesfield Scout Park. Macclesfield primary school had 208 pupils in 2014.

Macclesfield’s census populations have been:

Census date Population
1954 89
2006 1041
2011 863*

*census area in 2011 smaller than 2006

Further Reading

Margaret McInnes, A school of our own: Macclesfield Primary School 3620 – a centenary history 1909-2009, Macclesfield, 2009