Mooroopna is in truth an inner suburb of Shepparton. Tell that to a local and you will be blasted with a bit 0f local passion. The M and S thing is as strong in M as are the Canada and US; Aus and NZ; Syd and Melb or even the Albury and Wodonga distinction. Mooroopnas’ to a person defend their identity. That said the common traveler would not make that parochial position.
Mooroopna is a somewhat typical Victorian Country town.
The name Mooroopna was used by the original Kaieltheban tribe living in the area and meant 'deep water hole'. This refers to a very deep part of the Goulburn River behind the old Mooroopna Hall.
Two explorers camped on the edge of Gemmill's Swamp, close to Mooroopna, in January 1838. They were over landing large herds of cattle and sheep Three years later, squatters settled in surrounding areas running sheep on the well-grassed plains. The first settler in the town was William Simmonds Archer who purchased land in 1860 and built his home/hotel in McLennan Street, overlooking the river. He was followed by W. H. Morrell who selected most of the remaining township. Early commerce flowed from revenue.