Aberfeldie, Victoria

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Aberfeldie
MelbourneVictoria
Aberfeldie is located in Melbourne
Aberfeldie
Aberfeldie
Coordinates 37°45′43″S 144°54′04″E / 37.762°S 144.901°E / -37.762; 144.901Coordinates: 37°45′43″S 144°54′04″E / 37.762°S 144.901°E / -37.762; 144.901
Population 3,621 (2011)[1]
 • Density 2,306/km2 (5,973/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 3040
Area 1.57 km2 (0.6 sq mi)
Location 9 km (6 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s) City of Moonee Valley
State electorate(s) Essendon
Federal Division(s) Maribyrnong
Suburbs around Aberfeldie:
Essendon West Essendon Essendon
Essendon West Aberfeldie Essendon, Moonee Ponds,
Maribyrnong Maribyrnong Moonee Ponds

Not to be confused with Aberfeldy, Victoria, a small town located on Mount Lookout, 125 kilometres east of Melbourne.

Aberfeldie is a suburb 9 km north-west of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Its local government area is the City of Moonee Valley. At the 2011 Census, Aberfeldie had a population of 3,621.

Aberfeldie is bounded in the west by Afton Street, in the north by Buckley Street, in the east by Waverley Street and the edge of Aberfeldie Park, and in the south by the Maribyrnong River.

History[edit]

Scotsman James Robertson named his property Aberfeldie, located on the corner of Aberfeldie Sreet and Park Crescent, after the town Aberfeldy in Scotland. When the property was sold in 1888 it became the name of the suburb.[2]

The Polish Catholic church on the corner of Alma Street and Aberfeldie Street was consecrated in 1973 by Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, who later became Pope John Paul II.[3]

Today[edit]

The area has tended to attract families, with its abundance of parks, sporting facilities and the Maribyrnong River. There is a range of detached housing from inter-war California bungalows to post-war dwellings.

Sport[edit]

Community groups have been active in the suburb since the start of the 20th century. Aberfeldie Bowls Club was established on 16 March 1910. In 1928 the Aberfeldie Progress Association joined with 6 other progress associations to form the Northern Districts Progress Cricket Association. In 1944 the Aberfeldie Community Centre was established promoting football, cricket, tennis, lawn bowls, gymnastics, swimming and basketball, as well as other social and cultural events.

This led to the formation of the Aberfeldie Sports Club (formed in 1974; incorporated in 1987) a family oriented club that began as a community-based sporting organisation in 1948 and today is the home of local grass-roots Australian Rules Football and cricket. It first entered a football team in the 1951 season. Aberfeldie Football Club is now part of the Essendon District Football League[4] and the Aberfeldie Cricket Club is under the jurisdiction of the Victorian Turf Cricket Association and the North West Cricket Association.

Even with three senior football teams and four senior cricket teams, it must be acknowledged that the club’s biggest future strength lies with the many junior football players where the club fields 15 junior teams that comprise well over 350 children each year. The club’s large junior base continually helps solidify them as one of the area's strongest local clubs. The club enjoys a large supporter and sponsorship base which is controlled by the Aberfeldie Sports Club. The Sports Club oversees the sub-committees running Senior and Junior Football as well as Senior and Junior Cricket and whose main roles are in respect of fundraising for the Club.

Educational facilities[edit]

Aberfeldie has one government primary school (Aberfeldie PS) and two Catholic primary schools (Our Lady of Nativity PS and Resurrection School), and one Catholic secondary school (Ave Maria College).

Transport[edit]

The suburb is serviced by the following bus routes operating around the area:

See also[edit]

  • City of Essendon – the former local government area of which Aberfeldie was a part

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Aberfeldie (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "The A-Z story of Melbourne's suburbs: Aberfeldie". Herald Sun (Melbourne). 7 January 2014. Archived from the original on 25 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Pastoral work in Australia by the Society of Christ". Archived from the original on 2010-11-23. 
  4. ^ Full Points Footy, Aberfeldie, retrieved 15 April 2009 

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