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Diamond Creek is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 23 km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the Shire of Nillumbik. At the 2016 Census, Diamond Creek had a population of 11,733.

In the postwar years, population increased dramatically in Diamond Creek and its neighbouring areas. The Diamond Valley Shire was created out of the northern part of the Shire of Heidelberg in 1964. Further population growth occurred throughout the 1970s.

There are two ideas about where Diamond Creek got its name. Victoria's Register of Geographic Names says that that it was because of the way the stones glistened in the creek water. Local legend says it's because of a bull who was trying to cross a creek. The bull had a diamond shaped white patch on its head and found difficulty crossing the creek. Thus the Bullocky decided to name the town after the bull with the diamond shape on its head and the creek it drowned in.From 1894 - 1969 there were a number of bushfires. In 1894 houses and stock were destroyed.The early twentieth century saw a decline in the orchard industry, as orchards in Melbourne's eastern townships such as Doncaster and Nunawading, fell into favour due to better marketing. Diamond Creek remained relatively untouched during the boom in recreational travel that followed the popularity of the motor car.
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