Coolaroo 3048Coolaroo 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 thought to be derived from an Aboriginal word for brown snake.
Coolaroo was part of a large area acquired by the Housing Commission in 1951 for a housing estate. Construction in the Coolaroo area began in 1966 and the first primary school was opened the next year. A later State primary school has become St. Marys Coptic Orthodox College. Couurage Breweries Ltd. opened a brewery in 1968. It later became a Tooth Brewery and then a factory for Australian Consolidated Hosiery. Larger factories to the north include Pratt Industries.
When Coolaroo was first laid out it extended westwards to include the area now named Meadow Heights. Its western boundary is now Pascoe Vale Road. Coolaroo has a large reserve and ovals and (but?) virtually no shopping facilities. Shopping is found in neighbouring Dallas, the Meadow Heights shopping centre or the Broadmeadows sub-regional shopping centre. Although skirted on its east and west by railway lines, Coolaroo awaits the construction of its proposed station on the western line.
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