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View Event: Richmond
Richmond
Located only five kilometres from the city’s CBD, Richmond is a precinct with strong multicultural influences. Named after Richmond Hill in London, this is the Mecca for retail sho .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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, th .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 Woiwurr .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 name .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 Warriga .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 thor .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 G .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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, Inker .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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. .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 dest .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 G .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 n .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 n .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 betw .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 le .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 Hot .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 nam .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 Black .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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. Th .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 ra .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 s .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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, Braes .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 a .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 ve .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 "Spe .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 C .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 Pon .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 Melbo .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 borde .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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. .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 tributa .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 R .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 b .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 f .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 count .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 Cree .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 i .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 subdiv .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 P .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 G .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 farm .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 t .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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, i .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 f .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 W .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 P .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 Davi .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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, .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 p .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 e .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 .. | Read more..

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View Event: 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 .. | Read more..

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View Event: Cockatoo 3781
Cockatoo 3781
In the steep foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, 48 kilometres east of central Melbourne, lies the township of Cockatoo. In the 1850s, prospectors searching for gold bestowed the na .. | Read more..

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View Event: Colbinabbin 3559
Colbinabbin 3559
Colbinabbin is a rural district with a small township in northern Victoria between Rushworth and Elmore. Colbinabbin was one of four pastoral runs taken up by Edward Curr in 184 .. | Read more..

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View Event: Coldstream 3770
Coldstream 3770
Coldstream is a mainly rural area, but with a growing residential component, 36 km. east of Melbourne, extending northwards from Lilydale to the Yarra River. The part of Coldst .. | Read more..

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View Event: Collingwood 3066
Collingwood 3066
Collingwood, an industrial and residential suburb, is 3 km. north-east of Melbourne. Its western boundary is Smith Street, Fitzroy, and its southern boundary is Victoria Parade. On .. | Read more..

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View Event: Connewarre 3227
Connewarre 3227
Connewarre is a rural locality, 3 km. south-west of Lake Connewarre on the Bellarine Peninsula, and 12 km. south of Geelong. Lake Connewarre and its associated marshes are on th .. | Read more..

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View Event: Coode Island 3003
Coode Island 3003
Coode Island, an almost uninhabited industrial area, is 4 km. west of Melbourne. It was formed in 1886 when canal was cut through the Sandridge swamp to provide a straightened .. | Read more..

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View Event: Coolaroo 3048
Coolaroo 3048
Coolaroo is a residential and industrial suburb 18 km. north of Melbourne, west of the Ford motor car factory, Hume Highway, and between Broadmeadows and Somerton. The name is thou .. | Read more..

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View Event: Corio 3214
Corio 3214
Corio is a residential and industrial suburb in the Geelong region, 9 km. north of Geelong and 56 km. south-west of Melbourne. It adjoins Corio Bay, which is on the western side of .. | Read more..

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View Event: Cranbourne 3977
Cranbourne 3977
Approximately forty six kilometres south-east of Melbourne lies the rapidly growing town of Cranbourne. The earliest settlers were the Ruffy brothers who squatted on Mayune run in .. | Read more..

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