Kororoit Creek near Selwyn Park in Albion.
|• Density||1,730/km2 (4,490/sq mi)|
|Area||2.5 km2 (1.0 sq mi)|
|Location||13 km (8 mi) from Melbourne|
|LGA(s)||City of Brimbank|
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.
The area was originally called Darlington, from at least 1860 to about 1890. 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. It was not until 1919 that a new station was opened on the same site with the name Albion station.
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. 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.
Stony Creek lies on the eastern edge of Albion, close to Anderson Road. As of 2013[update], 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.
Metropolitan buses service the suburb and Albion station. These include:
- 215 Caroline Springs – Highpoint SC via Albion RS, Burnside SC (every day). Operated by Melbourne Bus Link.
- 216 Caroline Springs – Brighton Beach via Deer Park West, Sunshine, Footscray, Melbourne, St Kilda Road, Prahran, and Elsternwick (every day). Operated by Melbourne Bus Link.
- 400 Sunshine - Laverton via Deer Park RS, Dame Phyllis Frost Centre, Metropolitan Remand Centre, and Port Phillip Prison (every day). Operated by Sita Bus Lines and Westrans.
- 451 Sunshine - Deer Park North via Deer Park RS (every day). Operated by Sita Bus Lines.
- 456 Sunshine – Woodgrove SC via Albion RS, Burnside SC, Caroline Springs, Melton (every day). Operated by Sita Bus Lines.
- 903 Altona – Mordialloc SC via Essendon, Northland SC, Box Hill, Chadstone SC (every day). Operated by Ventura Bus Lines.
Other sports clubs include:
- Sunshine Baseball Club
- Sunshine Bowls Club
- Polish Sports Centre
- Sunshine United Cricket Club
- Ace GoKarts
- Albion Tennis Club
- St Theresa's Catholic Church
- Slovakian Baptist Church
- Assemblies of God Church
- City of Sunshine - the former local government area of which Albion was a part
- Albion railway station, Melbourne
- Kororoit Creek
- Kororoit Creek Trail
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Albion (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 June 2011.
- National Library of Australia, Digital Collections - Maps - Geological Survey of Victoria. Geological Survey of Victoria. No. 1 cartographic material, retrieved 30 August 2009
- VICSIG Infrastructure - Albion
- A Stroll Along the Merri - Provenance Number 6 - PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA
- Kennedy, B: Australian Place Names, page 3. ABC Books, 2006
- HO Selwyn Park
- HO Sugar Gum row
- "Darling's Flour Mill". Brimbank City Council website. Brimbank City Council. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
- Full Points Footy, Albion, retrieved 15 April 2009