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North Melbourne Victoria Suburb Information

by Wendy Chamberlain on January 23, 2014

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One suburb of Melbourne near the Central Business District is North Melbourne. Situated just two kilometers north-west of CBD, this suburb has a population of 11,755.

Originally named Hotham after the governor of Victoria Charles Hotham, it used to be a working class area and one of the first Victoria towns to become a municipality. It is most noted for its Victorian architecture, commercial and industrial areas as well as its cosmopolitan people.

North Melbourne Victoria

It was in August 1887 when the name Hotham was changed to North Melbourne town. At that time, the town hall and the metropolitan meat market were already in existence. By the 1890s, the tram routes had covered the suburb just walking distance from the Arden Street Oval.

Through the years, the suburb’s population increased overcrowding the area. This prompted the proposal to put up government housing development projects which were completed by the 1960s.

Errol Street is the main shopping area of the North Melbourne suburb. Sitauted here as well as in Victoria Street are cafes, restaurants, clothing shops, boutiques and other commercial retail stores.

Demographically, the suburb’s population is a mix of migrants. The latest to live in the area are refugees from Somalia and Eritrea.

Most types of housing in North Melbourne are the old Victorian terrace houses. Some are warehouse conversions and low-rise apartments. The 1990s saw the conversion of many old factories and warehouses into loft-style apartments. Eventually, medium size apartments were built starting in the year 2000.

In terms of accessibility, the suburb has three major roads namely Flemington Road as well as Elizabeth and Victoria Streets. It is also serviced by several tram routes – 59 (Airport West), 57 (West Maribyrnong) and 55 (West Coburg) and a railway station is in place in the Flemington Bridge. Buses are another public transportation option.

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