Hughesdale 3166

Hughesdale is a residential suburb 14 km. south-east of Melbourne, positioned on the border (Poath Road) between the former Caulfield and Oakleigh cities and now Glen Eira and Monash cities. Hughesdale was the sit of the diversion of the Outer Circle Railway line (1890) from the Gippsland Line, but the area had no railway station until 1924. Coincidentally, an ill-fated line known as the Rosstown Railway diverged from the Gippsland line just east of Hughesdale, ending at Elsternwick, in 1891.

The name came from Oakleigh's Mayor James Hughes, who, with the Poath Road Railway Station League, succeeded in having a railway station provided. The Victorian Railways named the station Hughesdale. A primary school was also opened in 1924.

The residential development of the area was pre and early postwar. A strip shopping centre was active, but the proximity of the Chadstone shopping centre probably took business away from drapers, electrical goods and non-food shops, leaving mainly convenience goods as viable retail activities. The shops premises are now substantially non retail.

A linear park occupies the route of the former Outer Circle Railway.


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