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Harkness is a suburb in the outer west of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Its local government area is the City of Melton. The suburb was gazetted by the Office of Geographic Names on 9 February 2017, following a proposal for eleven new suburbs by the City of Melton. The new name officially took effect from 23 August 2017.Prior to the suburb's creation, the area was mostly part of Melton West in addition to a small section of Toolern Vale in the north.
The name "Harkness" was the surname of an early settler, William Scott Harkness who was born in Roxburghshire, Scotland in 1839 and arrived in Melbourne at Port Phillip in 1852. He was the manager of Strathtulloh and a farmer. He died in 1908.