Albion, Victoria

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Albion
MelbourneVictoria
Darter on Kororoit Creek, Albion.jpg
Kororoit Creek near Selwyn Park in Albion.
Albion is located in Melbourne
Albion
Albion
Coordinates 37°46′52″S 144°48′52″E / 37.781°S 144.8145°E / -37.781; 144.8145Coordinates: 37°46′52″S 144°48′52″E / 37.781°S 144.8145°E / -37.781; 144.8145
Population 4,337 (2011)[1]
 • Density 1,730/km2 (4,490/sq mi)
Established 1849
Postcode(s) 3020
Area 2.5 km2 (1.0 sq mi)
Location 13 km (8 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s) City of Brimbank
State electorate(s) Derrimut
Federal Division(s) Gellibrand
Suburbs around Albion:
Sunshine North Sunshine North Sunshine North
Ardeer Albion Sunshine
Sunshine West Sunshine West Sunshine

Albion is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 13 km west from Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Brimbank. At the 2011 Census Albion had a population of 4,337.

Albion is bordered on the north by Ballarat Road, the south by Forrest Street, the west by Kororoit Creek and the east by Anderson Road. The suburb is completely surrounded by other parts of Sunshine except for Ardeer, which lies to Albion's due west across Kororoit Creek.

History[edit]

The area was originally called Darlington, from at least 1860 to about 1890.[2] The area originally known as Albion was directly west of Duke Street, as can be noted by the many streets there named after English counties and placenames - Albion being an ancient name for the island of Great Britain. Albion station opened on 5 January 1860 as Albion and Darlington but closed a year later.[3] It was not until 1919 that a new station was opened on the same site with the name Albion station.[3]

In March 1885 the Albion Quarrying Company began its operations in the area[4][5]

It was H. V. McKay of Sunshine Harvester Works fame who bought land to develop a residential community for his workers in first decades on the 20th century. His concept for Sunshine was the Sunshine Estate: a community developed according to the ideals of the Garden city movement, an influential town planning movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.[6][7] This area was mainly in what is now called Albion. McKay's own residence, The Gables, was in Talmage Street (where the cul-de-sac The Gables now is) until it was demolished.

Today[edit]

Albion has many period homes such as California bungalows and 1940s weatherboard houses many of which were built by H. V. McKay as part of his Sunshine Estate Garden city community.

Kororoit Creek provides the western border for Albion. Along it runs the Kororoit Creek Trail which runs all the way southwards to meet the Federation Trail in Brooklyn.

Stony Creek lies on the eastern edge of Albion, close to Anderson Road. As of 2013, the creek's environmental state west of Anderson Rd is very poor as it has long been converted to nothing more than a concrete stormwater drain for this particular section of its course.

A notable landmark of Albion is the red brick John Darling and Son Flour Mill built in 1922, which lies just to the south side of Ballarat Rd next to Albion train station.[8]

Transport[edit]

Trains[edit]

The Albion railway station on the Sunbury line lies in the PTV zones 1+2 overlap.

Buses[edit]

Metropolitan buses service the suburb and Albion station. These include:

Cycling[edit]

Cyclists in Albion are represented by BrimBUG, the Brimbank Bicycle User Group. The Kororoit Creek Trail runs along Albion's western perimeter.

Facilities[edit]

Education[edit]

Sporting facilities[edit]

The Albion Cats are the local Australian rules football team. They compete in the Western Region Football League.[9]

Other sports clubs include:

  • Sunshine Baseball Club
  • Sunshine Bowls Club
  • Polish Sports Centre
  • Sunshine United Cricket Club
  • Ace GoKarts
  • Albion Tennis Club

Religious sites[edit]

  • St Theresa's Catholic Church
  • Slovakian Baptist Church
  • Assemblies of God Church

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Albion (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  2. ^ National Library of Australia, Digital Collections - Maps - Geological Survey of Victoria. Geological Survey of Victoria. No. 1 cartographic material, retrieved 30 August 2009 
  3. ^ a b VICSIG Infrastructure - Albion
  4. ^ A Stroll Along the Merri - Provenance Number 6 - PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA
  5. ^ Kennedy, B: Australian Place Names, page 3. ABC Books, 2006
  6. ^ HO Selwyn Park
  7. ^ HO Sugar Gum row
  8. ^ "Darling's Flour Mill". Brimbank City Council website. Brimbank City Council. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Full Points Footy, Albion, retrieved 15 April 2009