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Published April 28th 2013
Check out the people and places of Abbotsford
Abbotsford is an inner-city Melbourne suburb squashed between a local bushland setting and the thrum of industry. Learn about the heritage, people and places of this diverse village.
1. Where is Abbotsford?
Abbotsford is a residential and industrial suburb, to the east of Collingwood, between Hoddle Street and the Yarra River.
2. What is the history of Abbotsford?
The area of Abbotsford was first subdivided in 1838 and sold at an auction and one of these lots was purchased by John Dight. This was later subdivided, and a sports oval called Victoria Park was built in 1879. Abbotsford was initially an industrial area, and until Melbourne's sewerage systems were complete, it was sometimes flooded by the Yarra River. In the 1960s a section of the northern part of the suburb was demolished to make way for the Eastern Freeway.
3. Who lives there?
According to the ABS, about 1 in 3 residents is born overseas, half are aged between 20 and 39 years old, and only 1 in 3 are married.
4. Are there sporting facilities?
The suburb still contains parklands on the west side of the Yarra River. Studley Park merges with the larger Yarra Bend Park, and contains Dights Falls and many recreational facilities. Dights Falls is where the Merri Creek and Yarra River join, and it is a favourite spot for kayakers. Cyclists pass through this area on the Capital City Trail, and the cafes and gallery at Abbotsford Convent are very popular on weekends.
A steady stream of migration since the 1980s has made Abbotsford home to Melbourne's largest Vietnamese community, and Victoria Street is now one of the Eat Streets of Melbourne.
6. Are there any good pubs?
Two of the most notable pubs are The Yorkshire Hotel and The Park Hotel. Abbotsford also has a long-standing men-only pub called The Laird Hotel. Abbotsford is also home to Carlton and United Breweries, the company which makes Victoria Bitter and Foster's Lager.
7. What are the houses like?
Residential streets are narrow, and there are not many detached houses. Many of the terraces are in disrepair, although a recent wave of renovations and development is pushing property prices higher.
8. Is it expensive to live there?
Many sites along the river such as the hat factory are now residential. In fact, Abbotsford is the only Melbourne suburb to have a median property value of over $1 million dollars (Source: Hamton Press. According to the ABS, almost 40% of residents still rent.
9. How do I get there?
There is a train to Collingwood or Victoria Park Station. Hoddle Street is a particularly busy road should you decide to drive or take a taxi.
10. Any other important information about Abbotsford?