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50 Fascinating Facts About Melbourne Suburbs

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Published May 31st 2018
Fifty fantastic Melbourne trivia surprises
Ardeer

The suburb takes its name from Ardeer in Scotland.

Armadale

In 1875, James Munro bought land in the area, formerly called East Prahran, and built Armadale House.

Ashburton

In 1998 residents of four streets petitioned for their suburb to be changed to Glen Iris.

Abbotsford

The Collingwood Children's Farm was originally an asylum and place for juvenile offenders.

Albert Park

In 1860, there was a privately built branch of a railway that separated Albert Park from South Melbourne. Butts station on the line was named in reference to the 70 acre rifle range nearby.

Bonbeach

Sand was quarried on the east side of the railway line and used in the manufacture of glass until the 1940s.

Braybrook

In the 1870s, the area near the river was a noxious trades centre.

Brooklyn

After World War II, the wool stores were used as emergency migrant hostels.

Brunswick

Sydney Road is only 20 metres wide because property owners divided the land as they choose in the 1840s.

Burnley

Pic Nic railway station was located on the Hawthorn line in 1860 near the river.

Yarra Melbourne
The Yarra River. Credits: Wikimedia Commons, User: Donaldytong


Burwood

Hoyts opened the first drive-in cinema in Australia in 1954 near BUrwood.

Coburg

In 1850, a penal road gang were lodged in a temporary stockade. This became Pentridge Prison.

Collingwood

By the 1880s Collingwood had Melbourne's highest death rate, due to noxious trades.

Oakleigh

In 1977, Melbourne's first 7-Eleven convenience store was opened in Oakleigh.

Cranbourne

A Commonwealth military reserve of 345 acres was located near Cranbourne.

Cremorne

Located in Richmond by the Yarra River, Cremorne Gardens had attractions that included an elaborate rotunda for dancing, and a theatre.

Croydon

The area that is now Croydon was initially called White Flats.

Kensington

In 1920, dairy cows in Melbourne were still on vacant land in Kensington.

Elwood

Originally a swamp, Elwood was developed in the late 19th century after a canal was built.

Fizroy

During the great depression of the 1930s, a third of the men in Fitzroy were unemployed.

Williamstown

Forts were erected on the foreshores at Williamstown from 1858, to defend Hobsons Bay.

Williamstown Bay Melbourne
The view across Hobsons Bay to Melbourne. Credits: Wikimedia Commons, User: Donaldytong


Parkville

Camp Pell in Royal Park was the temporary military camp for United States forces during the Second World War.

Frankston

In World War I, Frankston was still a country town.

North Balwyn

A quartz reef was mined for gold in North Balwyn by the 1860s.

North Melbourne

The city manure depot in North Melbourne was closed in 1866.

Kensington

Flood-prone areas of the suburb were protected by the mid-20th century pumping stations near Macauley.

Kew

The scenic Yarra Boulevard was constructed by unemployed relief labour during the depression.

Laverton

By 1901 Laverton had a population of only 125.

Mentone

In the 1930s a promenade was built along the sand in the predominantly resort-based town.

Port Melbourne

On 12 September 1854 Australia's first steam train began scheduled services on the 4-kilometre track from Flinders Street.

Port Melbourne Beach
Port Melbourne beach. Credits: Wikimedia Commons, User: Donaldytong


Scoresby

In the 1950s Scoresby was Victoria's brussels sprout capital.

Spotswood

The 1890s Spotswood Pumping Station was the engine house of Melbourne's sewerage system.

Werribee

The population of Werribee in 1890 was only 350 people.

Carlton North

Carlton North has its origins with the Melbourne General Cemetery in 1853.

St Kilda

St Kilda was once called 'Green Knoll'.

Abbotsford

Between 1857 and 1899 a privately owned toll bridge connected the north end of Church Street to Yarra Bend Park.

Alphington

The Chandler Highway runs from Heidelberg Road in Alphington, and is length is less than 2 kilometers long.

Eltham

Eltham has the largest miniature railway in Australia.

Preston

Parcels of land between 300 acres (in the southern area) and over 1000 acres (in the north) were all sold here in 1837.

Reservoir

Between 1919 and 1939 swimming was officially permitted in Edwardes Lake Park.

Diggers Rest

Diggers Rest began life as a stopping place on the road to the Bendigo goldfields.

Niddrie

The Niddrie Quarry was established in the 1940s to extract basalt for road paving.

Bulleen

In 1841 Frederic Unwin purchased 5,120 acres, including all of the present suburb of Bulleen.

Heathmont

Heathmont was covered by apple orchards.

Forest Hill

Fremantle Media's Melbourne production facilities are located on Hawthorn Road Forest Hill, where the show Neighbours is produced.

Moorolbark

In Hull Road, Lincoln Road, Manchester Road and Cambridge Road, are three consecutive roundabouts.

Keysborough

Of all the homes in Keysborough, just 1.5% are flats.

Mount Waverley

The suburb was a new estate in the 1930s. Due to the onset of the Great Depression, the building of houses on the estate did not start until the 1950.

Oakleigh

Brick works here supplied 20% of Melbourne's supply until 1953.

Sunshine

Sunshine station connects the three main western regional train lines of Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong.


References:
www.emelbourne.net.au
www.emelbourne.net.au/biogs/EM00088b.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphington,_Victoria
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkville,_Victoria
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlton,_Victoria
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlton_North,_Victoria
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eltham,_Victoria
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reservoir,_Victoria
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keysborough,_Victoria
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Waverley,_Victoria
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toorak,_Victoria
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine,_Victoria
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