Welcome to Settlers Square, which is named in celebration of the people who have made Dandenong their home.
From indigenous communities to those of modern times, people from all over Victoria, Australia and the world have settled in Dandenong – united by a shared desire for freedom, peace and prosperity, opportunity and community.
The Dandenong area was first inhabited many thousands of years ago by the Ngaruk William Bunurong and Mayone Bulluk Bunurong Clans of the Bunurong People, who benefited from the abundant natural resources and trade opportunities in the region.
Early European settlers attracted by rich soil, plentiful timber and water supplies, began farming in the area in the early 1800s.
By the 1850s the township of Dandenong was established, which quickly became a trading hub for farmers and an important stopover on the coach journey from Melbourne to Gippsland.
Over the past century international events and economic conditions have influenced the settlement of Dandenong – which is now home to people from more than 150 nations who speak over 40 languages.
The City of Greater Dandenong is the most culturally diverse municipality in Victoria with more than half the population born overseas.
Lifestyle opportunities, employment, the market, shopping, access to public transport, education, community support, housing and affordability continue to attract people to Dandenong.
Every year several hundred people settle in the area – adding to its diversity and richness of culture, food, language. Shopping and expertise – attributes which are the foundation and inspiration of this vibrant and exciting city.