Carrum Downs 3201Carrum 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 school which was opened in 1909. In 1945 the Anglican Church's Brotherhood of St. Laurence began the building of an elderly person's community about 300 metres from the school. The Carrum Downs village added married and single persons' cottages and hostel accommodation, set in a mostly heath or bushland environment.
The main residential area is south of the Brotherhood village, with sites for three primary schools and a drive-in shopping centre (1994) with forty shops. There are several neighbourhood reserves and a linear park along Boggy Creek. In the north of Carrum Downs, beyond the school, is the part of the South Eastern Purification Plant for the treatment of sewage, around which several farms continue to function.
The census populations of Carrum Downs were 237 (1933) and 365 (1954, including 112 for the Brotherhood village).
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