Garden City 3207

Garden City is a residential area 5 km. south-west of Melbourne, and immediately west of Port Melbourne.

The land on which Garden City is laid out was known as Sandridge Flat, and subsequently as Fishermens Bend. When the Coode Canal was constructed in 1884-6, to both improve cargo ship access to the docks and to increase the stream velocity for upstream flood mitigation, the excavated silt was used for land reclamation. Much of the surrounding land was marshy river delta. (See Coode Island for further explanation and remarks on Fishermens Bend.)

The canal and the Yarra's mouth needed dredging, and the silt was used for the filling of holes excavated for sand extraction at the site of the future Garden City.

In 1912 the Port Melbourne Council lobbied the State Government for housing sites to be allowed on reclaimed land, but the Harbor Trust asserted its claim over the land which was in Trust territory. Prevarication on the Government's part continued until the State Savings Bank took up proposals by the Council and the Metropolitan Town Planning Commission and purchased 18 hectares of land in the area south and east of Williamstown Road and Graham Street (1926). The Bank's estate consisted of houses which were two-storey, semi-detached, cement rendered and apparently inspired by English designs. They were the beginning of Garden City.

In 1936 the Housing Commission assumed the Bank's home-construction role, and acquired 22 hectares further west along Williamstown Road. Its street layout is noticeably "garden city". The Commission's estate re-housed large families who had been in deprived circumstances. Relationships were unfortunately strained between the owners in the Bank's estate ("Nobs Hill"), and the Commission's tenants ("Little Baghdad"). The Commission's last estate was row housing along Beacon and Barak Roads (1981).

The Bank's estate provided for a small shopping centre in Graham Street. The Commission's estate, whilst having five neighbourhood parks, was not so well provided for with other facilities. The community's centre was the Ada Mary A'Beckett kindergarten, supported by the philanthropic Free Kindergarten Union (1942).

In 1979 the Port Melbourne council commissioned a conservation study for its municipality. The study concluded that Garden City provided a unique example of residential town planning, with a substantial part remaining intact.

Nestling below Garden City, however, is the Sandridge/Bayside redevelopment site, adjacent to the foreshore between Princes and Station Piers. It ushers in housing styles radically different from workers' cottages, time-worn factories and English semi-detached dwellings.




Melbourne Link Garden City 3207 Link opens in new browser window






Link opens new page Content > View Category | Garden City | View Mobile Friendly Page

Link opens new page This Page > Update | Edit This Page


Click here to edit / update this page







Stay Tuned | Free Newsletter


Want all the latest Melbourne events and activities straight to your inbox?

Subscribe to our FREE weekly newsletter below to keep up to date with all the best events & activities for Melbourne. Newsletters are sent once a week every Tuesday!

Email Address*:


Melbourne * Requires confirmation Read FAQ | Read This Week's Newsletter

Facebook Twitter Google+ YouTube Instagram
See Events in June >
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30


Featured
The Confidence Artist
View The Confidence Artist
Nicholas J. Johnson is a liar and a cheat. Join him for this crash course in con artistry as | Read On..


Meta Illusion with E G Lee
View Meta Illusion with E G Lee
ILLUSIONIST EG (Eun Gyeol Lee) has popularised Magic and lead the Magic genre in Korea since | Read On..


Joshua Jay - star of 'Fool Us' - Live Magic in Melbourne
View Joshua Jay - star of 'Fool Us' - Live Magic in Melbourne
Joshua Jay is one of magic’s most revered performers and creators, and he has appeared on stages in | Read On..


Klika | Australian Online Department Store
View Klika | Australian Online Department Store
Klika has over 6,000 products for shoppers covering everything from fitness equipment, tools, home | Read On..


A Fine Romance: The Magic of Fred Astaire
View A Fine Romance:  The Magic of Fred Astaire
‘Can’t sing, can’t act, slightly balding, can dance a little.’ After playing to full houses and | Read On..


The Eagles Story - Live
View The Eagles Story - Live
The legend that is The Eagles now lives on through The Eagles Story. In a musical landscape | Read On..


Melbourne's Exclusive Magic Show
View Melbourne's Exclusive Magic Show
Witness Impossible Occurrences, one of Melbourne's most exclusive attractions. Award winning | Read On..


Greek Tavern Night | Saturday Nights
View Greek Tavern Night | Saturday Nights
Melbourne's best traditional GREEK night with live music, entertainment, dancing and Mediterranean | Read On..


Check Out
Aladdin – The Musical
View Aladdin – The Musical
Disney’s ALADDIN is the must-see show of the year and “Broadway’s biggest new hit! (Entertainment Weekly) From the producer of The Lion King, the | Read On..

Circus Oz - Model Citizens
View Circus Oz - Model Citizens
20 JUNE - 16 JULY Under the BIG TOP Circus Oz returns to Melbourne for our annual Winter spectacle, presenting MODEL CITZENS under the heated | Read On..

Mel's Pick
Bug Lab: Little Bugs, Super Powers
View Bug Lab: Little Bugs, Super Powers
Behold the marvels of the invertebrate world as giant bugs take over Melbourne Museum! Inspired | Read On..

Van Gogh and the Seasons
View Van Gogh and the Seasons
Melbourne Winter Masterpieces 2017 NGV - National Gallery of Victoria 28 April - 9 July 2017 | Read On..

Trending