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 Abbotsford 3067 Abbotsford 3067
Abbotsford, a residential and industrial suburb, is in the eat of Collingwood, between Hoddle Street and the Yarra River. It was named after a property owned by John Orr in Kew, the bordering suburb over the Yarra River. In the 1850s a land auctio Read more..

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 Altona 3018 Altona 3018
Altona has a long history as one of the first suburbs of Melbourne. Prior to arrival of Europeans, the Altona area was home to Kurung-Jang-Balluk Aboriginal people, of the Woiwurrung clan. It is estimated at the time of European settlement, the loca Read more..

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 Ashburton 3147 Ashburton 3147
Ashburton is a mostly postwar residential suburb located 11 km. south east of Melbourne. The locality's name arose when the station on the Outer Circle railway line (1890} was named Ashburton, at the suggestion of a former local councillor, E. Dillon Read more..

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 Ashwood 3147 Ashwood 3147
Ashwood, 14 km. south-east of Melbourne, is a residential suburb adjoining Ashburton and Burwood. Its name derives from its two neighbours. Ashwood's western boundary is Warrigal Road, the boundary between the former Oakleigh city and the Mulgrave Read more..

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 Auburn 3123 Auburn 3123
Auburn is a residential area 8 km. east of Melbourne, situated in the Hawthorn area. It has a railway station with an adjacent shopping centre, near what was the main outgoing thoroughfare from Melbourne through Hawthorn at the time of Hawthorn's ear Read more..

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 Avonsleigh 3782 Avonsleigh 3782
Avonsleigh, first known as East Emerald, is 46 km. east-south-east of Melbourne. Its name arose from Avonsleigh guest house, close to the Wright stopping place on the Belgrave to Gembrook railway line (now the "Puffing Billy" scenic railway). J.W. Wr Read more..

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 Balaclava 3183 Balaclava 3183
Balaclava, part of St. Kilda East, is 7 km. south-east of Melbourne. It was named after the battlefield in the Crimean War (1853-6), and has street names such as Nightingale, Inkerman, Raglan and Sebastopol. It is well served by public transport, Read more..

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 Balwyn 3103 Balwyn 3103
I grew up in and around Balwyn, even played footy for the mighty Balwyn Tigers and its easy to see why it draws families to the area, as described by Kerrie O'Brien in The Age. THIS part of Melbourne is often considered home to the establishment, Read more..

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 Balwyn North 3104 Balwyn North 3104
Balwyn North, larger in area than Balwyn and Deepdene together, is predominantly postwar in its residential growth. In 1941 Balwyn North was described as the next housing-site destination after the occupation of the Mont Albert Ridge in Balwyn was co Read more..

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 Bangholme 3175 Bangholme 3175
Bangholme is situated on the former Carrum Swamp between Keysborough and Chelsea Heights, roughly 30km south-east of Melbourne. The name Bangholme comes from a waterhole on the Eumemmerring Creek near Bangholme, where Joseph Hawdon pastured stock Read more..

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 Bayswater 3153 Bayswater 3153
Bayswater is a residential and industrial suburb 28 km. east of Melbourne. The area was originally part of Scoresby North and settlement began in the 1860s. Many settlers were German. A school was opened in 1874 in a building provided by the Luthe Read more..

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 Beaconsfield 3807 Beaconsfield 3807
Beaconsfield, forty six kilometres east of central Melbourne on Cardinia Creek, was originally known as Little Berwick. It is immediately to the east of Berwick. A small settlement grew up in the vicinity of Bowman's Inn, a coaching stop on the road Read more..

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 Beaconsfield Upper 3808 Beaconsfield Upper 3808
Beaconsfield Upper is 45 km south-east from Melbourne's central business district in the Shire of Cardinia. Gold prospectors were the first residents of the forested foothills now known as Upper Beaconsfield, which is about fifty kilometres east o Read more..

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 Beaumaris 3193 Beaumaris 3193
Beaumaris, a bayside residential suburb, is 20 km. south-east of Melbourne. In 1845 James Moysey leased grazing land in the area and shortly afterwards purchased 32 hectares. He named his property Beaumaris Park, which derives from the Welsh coast Read more..

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 Belgrave 3160 Belgrave 3160
Belgrave is 35 km east from Melbourne's central business district in the Shire of Yarra Ranges includes Belgrave Heights and Belgrave South. Belgrave first settled in 1851 was named after a chapel in Leeds, England by Mr and Mrs R.G. Benson when t Read more..

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 Bentleigh 3204 Bentleigh 3204
Bentleigh (3204) including Bentleigh East (3165) is a residential suburb 12 km. south-east of Melbourne, immediately to the north of Moorabbin. It is relatively compact, lying between Centre and South Roads with Brighton on one side and the larger Be Read more..

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 Berwick 3806 Berwick 3806
Berwick, once a small agricultural town, now an outer suburb, is located 43 kilometres south-east of Melbourne. The area was part of Cardinia Creek run and was named by an early leaseholder, Robert Gardiner, after his birthplace, Berwick-on-Tweed. La Read more..

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 Black Rock 3193 Black Rock 3193
Black Rock, a bayside suburb between Sandringham and Beaumaris, is 18 km. south-south-east of Melbourne. It was named after Black Rock House, a grand residence built by Charles Hotson Ebden in 1856, who had taken the name from Black Rock, Dublin. Ebd Read more..

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 Blackburn 3130 Blackburn 3130
Blackburn is a residential suburb 17 km. east of Melbourne, between Box Hill and Nunawading. About 400 metres south of the township is the Blackburn Creek, thought to have been named after an early settler or after James Blackburn, the designer of Me Read more..

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 Blackburn North 3130 Blackburn North 3130
Blackburn North is a residential area 17 km, east of Melbourne extending from Blackburn to the Koonung Creek. The rural background to Blackburn North was much like that of Blackburn's. Its residential development came as urbanisation spread from B Read more..

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 Blackburn South 3130 Blackburn South 3130
Blackburn South, a residential suburb 17 km, east of Melbourne, is bounded by Middleborough Road on the west and Forest Hill on the east. Its southern border abuts Burwood East. The dividing line between Blackburn and Blackburn South is Canterbury Ro Read more..

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 Boronia 3155 Boronia 3155
Boronia is a residential suburb 29 km. east of Melbourne near Ferntree Gully. Land selections began in the Boronia area in the 1870s, and the Ringwood to Upper Ferntree Gully railway was built in 1889, passing through Boronia, but not providing it Read more..

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 Box Hill 3128 Box Hill 3128
Box Hill, a residential area 14 km. east of Melbourne, is between Camberwell and Blackburn. About one-third of the western part of Box Hill was in Henry Elgar's Special Survey of 8 square miles (1841). In 1875 Box Hill was part of the Nunawading s Read more..

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 Box Hill North 3129 Box Hill North 3129
Box Hill North, 14 km. east of Melbourne, is bordered by the Koonung Koonung Creek on the north, and stretches east-west across the whole of the former Box Hill municipality. Its southern boundary is about 300 metres north of Whitehorse Road, giving Read more..

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 Braeside 3195 Braeside 3195
Braeside is a predominantly industrial suburb with a metropolitan park, 26 km. south-east of Melbourne and immediately east of Mordialloc. The name came from a farm property, Braeside, owned by members of the Keys family (see Keysborough), east of th Read more..

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 Breamlea 3227 Breamlea 3227
Breamlea, on the estuary of Thompsons Creek which enters Bass Strait west of Barwon Heads, is about 28 km. south of Geelong. Thompsons Creek was also known as Bream Creek, and attracted campers and fishermen from the 1870s onwards. By the 1920s ma Read more..

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 Briar Hill 3088 Briar Hill 3088
Briar Hill, 18 km. north-east of Melbourne, is a residential and light industrial area bout a kilometre east of Greensborough. Its name possibly derives from the type of tangled vegetation which covered the hill which ascends to its north. Its gro Read more..

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 Brighton 3186 Brighton 3186
Brighton is a residential bayside suburb 11 km. south-east of Melbourne. In 1840 the British Government's Land and Emigration Commission approved procedures for the sale of "Special Survey" land allotments of eight square miles (5,120 acres at one Read more..

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 Brighton East  Brighton East
Brighton East is a residential suburb 13 km south-east of Melbourne. It is east of Hampton Street and between North and South Roads. Its northern section is crossed by the Elster Creek (which runs into the Elwood Canal), and it was better watered tha Read more..

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 Broadmeadows 3047 Broadmeadows 3047
Broadmeadows is a residential and industrial suburb 16 km. north of Melbourne and until 1994 it was a municipality. The lightly wooded landscape between the Merri and Moonee Ponds Creeks attracted pastoralists in the 1840s. In 1850 a Government su Read more..

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 Brunswick 3056 Brunswick 3056
Brunswick is an inner-urban suburb 6 km. north of Melbourne. It is bounded on the west and the east by the Moonee Ponds and Merri Creeks respectively. On its south it adjoins Melbourne city and Yarra city (east of Sydney Road). Its northern boundary Read more..

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 Brunswick East 3057 Brunswick East 3057
Brunswick East is an inner-urban suburb 6 km north of Melbourne. It lies between Lygon Street and the Merri Creek, and adjoins Carlton North and Fitzroy North at its southern border. Brunswick East is within 900 metres of Sydney Road which formed Read more..

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 Brunswick West 3055 Brunswick West 3055
Brunswick West is a residential suburb 6 km. north of Melbourne. It lies between the Moonee Ponds Creek and central Brunswick with the Royal Park lands at its southern border. It was the last area to be settled residentially in the former Brunswi Read more..

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 Bulla 3428 Bulla 3428
Bulla is a township with rural surrounds, immediately north-west of the Melbourne Airport, Tullamarine, and 25 km. north-west of Melbourne. The township is on Deep Creek, a tributary of the Maribyrnong River, and the creek has carved a sinuous course Read more..

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 Bulleen 3105 Bulleen 3105
Bulleen is 12 km north-east from Melbourne CBD in the City of Manningham. At the 2011 Census, Bulleen had a population of 10,868. Bulleen adjoins the eastern side of the Yarra River, which curves around as a northern boundary of Bulleen, comprisin Read more..

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 Bundoora 3083 Bundoora 3083
Bundoora is an extensive suburb comprising residential, community-service and educational areas 15 km. north-east of Melbourne. It is bordered on the west by the Darebin Creek and on the east by the Plenty River, Greensborough and Macleod (going from Read more..

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 Burnley Richmond 3121 | History Burnley Richmond 3121 | History
Burnley is a residential suburb in the southern and eastern parts of Richmond, 4 km. east-south-east of Melbourne. Bounded on the south and east by the Yarra River, the other boundaries are in the area of Mary and Swan Streets. Taking that to be Read more..

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 Burwood 3125 Burwood 3125
Burwood (3125) and Burwood East (3151) extend eastwards from Melbourne, beginning at a distance of about 11 km. from Melbourne's centre and ending 17 km. from the centre, roughly from Warrigal Road to Springvale Road. Burwood's origins were in th Read more..

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 Camberwell 3124 Camberwell 3124
Camberwell is a residential suburb 9 km east of Melbourne, between Hawthorn and Burwood. Until the 1850s the area was occupied for grazing, being described as "light sandy country, timbered with gum and oak," Roads were rudimentary, but at one poi Read more..

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 Campbellfield 3061 Campbellfield 3061
Campbellfield, a residential and industrial suburb 17 km. north of Melbourne, is situated east of Broadmeadows. It is on the Hume highway and its eastern boundary is the Merri Creek. Two families named Campbell, apparently unrelated, bought farm p Read more..

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 Camperdown 3260 Camperdown 3260
Camperdown is a rural township on the Western District volcanic plains of Victoria. It is 40 km. west of Colac and 165 km west-south-west of Melbourne. Camperdown is famed for its early settlers, the Manifold brothers. In 1838 John and Peter Manif Read more..

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 Canterbury 3126 Canterbury 3126
Canterbury is an older residential suburb 10 km. east of Melbourne, noted for spacious residences. It adjoins Camberwell on its east and north , and its early settlement and subdivision into market gardens and orchards accompanied Camberwell's. Cante Read more..

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 Carlton 3053 Carlton 3053
Carlton is a residential, commercial and educational area adjoining the northern boundary of central Melbourne at Victoria Street. Its other boundaries are Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade, Cemetery Road/Princes Street and Nicholson Street. The Universi Read more..

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 Carlton North 3054 Carlton North 3054
Carlton North is a residential suburb 4 km. north of Melbourne. Its southern boundary is Princes Street/Cemetery Road. On its west is Princes Park, next to which is the Melbourne General Cemetery. In 1853 both the Melbourne General Cemetery and a Read more..

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 Carnegie 3163 Carnegie 3163
Carnegie is a residential suburb 12 km. south-east of Melbourne on the railway line between Caulfield and Oakleigh. The area was originally known as Rosstown after William Ross, an entrepreneur who constructed a railway line through the area from Oak Read more..

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 Carrum Downs 3201 Carrum Downs 3201
Carrum Downs is a residential area 34 km. south-east of Melbourne adjoining the bayside suburb of Carrum Most of the area is on the former Carrum Swamp. Carrum Downs was a farming area until the 1980s, with the social centre bring the primary sch Read more..

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 Caulfield 3162 Caulfield 3162
Caulfield, a residential area with a prominent metropolitan racecourse, is on Dandenong Road, 10 km. from Melbourne. Until 1994 Caulfield was also a municipal city. The origin of the name is uncertain, although John Caulfield, a builder who arrived i Read more..

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 Chadstone 3148 Chadstone 3148
Chadstone, a residential suburb 13 km. south-east of Melbourne, is best known for having metropolitan Melbourne's largest super-regional shopping centre. (Highpoint, Maribyrnong, is the other super-regional centre.) The name comes from Chadstone Read more..

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 Chelsea Heights Chelsea Heights
Chelsea Heights is a residential suburb 30 km. south-east of Melbourne, inland from and adjoining the bayside suburb of Chelsea. The name Chelsea was proposed by a local resident for the new railway station when it was opened on the Caulfield to Fran Read more..

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 Cheltenham 3192 Cheltenham 3192
Cheltenham is a residential suburb 18 km. south-east of Melbourne adjoining the bayside suburbs of Beaumaris and Mentone. Its name came from the Cheltenham Inn, opened by Charles Whorral from Cheltenham, Gloustershire, England, in 1853 in the place k Read more..

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 Chirnside Park 3116 Chirnside Park 3116
Chirnside Park, formerly West Lilydale or a part of Mooroolbark, is a suburb 33 km. east of Melbourne. The original settlement of Chirnside Park was centred on the Mooroolbark Park homestead and grazing property which had a succession of owners fr Read more..

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 Christmas Hills 3775 Christmas Hills 3775
Christmas Hills is a rural locality 37 km north-east of central Melbourne, between Kangaroo Ground and Yarra Glen.. It was occupied for grazing by 1842 and a shepherd named David Christmas became lost. He was found at a rise which became known as Read more..

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 Clarinda 3169 Clarinda 3169
Clarinda is a residential locality in Clayton South, 17 km. south-east of Melbourne. As a locality Clarinda predates Clayton South, a Presbyterian church being opened there in 1886. At that time the pace was known as Bald Hills, a name preserved to t Read more..

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 Clayton 3168 Clayton 3168
Clayton is a residential and industrial suburb 18 km. south-east of Melbourne on the Oakleigh to Dandenong railway line. The area was first occupied for farming purposes in the 1850s. The first township was on Dandenong Road where Clayton North is Read more..

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 Clifton Hill 3068 Clifton Hill 3068
Clifton Hill is a residential suburb 4 km north-east of Melbourne, separated from Collingwood by Alexandra Parade and the Eastern Freeway. Its eastern boundary is the Merri Creek, and the northern boundary is the road to Heidelberg. An early lando Read more..

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 Clifton Springs 3222 Clifton Springs 3222
Clifton Springs is a coastal residential township on the northern side of the Bellarine Peninsula, 18 km. east of Geelong. An early land owner was Thomas Bates, a member of the family which settled Lara and Batesford. Thomas Bates named his proper Read more..

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 Cobram 3643 Cobram 3643
Cobram, a rural township in northern Victoria, is on the Murray River, north of Shepparton. It is situated in the Murray Goulburn irrigation district. Cobram was the name of a pastoral station taken up by Octavius Phillpotts in 1845. It is thought Read more..

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 Coburg 3058 Coburg 3058
Coburg, a residential suburb 8 km. north of Melbourne, was also a municipality from 1874 to 1994. The municipality was bordered on the south by Brunswick city and on the west and east by the Moonee Ponds and the Merri Creek valleys. Much of the land Read more..

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 Coburg Hill 3058 Coburg Hill 3058
Melbourne's newest suburb, Coburg Hill will have around 400 new homes built on the former Kodak site in Coburg in Melbourne's north. Finally, one of Melbourne's oldest Antique Dealers, Coburg Hill Antiques will finally have its namesale albeit th Read more..

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 Coburg North 3058 Coburg North 3058
Coburg North, a residential area 10 km. north of Melbourne, contains the localities of Batman, Merlynston and Newlands. The first two are on the Coburg to Fawkner railway line and the last is east of the Merri Creek. Coburg North comprised two all Read more..

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