Alfredton, Victoria

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Alfredton
BallaratVictoria
Arch of victory alfredton victoria.jpg
Victory Arch at the entrance to the Avenue of Honour, Ballarat
Alfredton is located in City of Ballarat
Alfredton
Alfredton
Coordinates 37°33′18″S 143°48′00″E / 37.555°S 143.800°E / -37.555; 143.800Coordinates: 37°33′18″S 143°48′00″E / 37.555°S 143.800°E / -37.555; 143.800
Population 5,796 (2006)[1]
 • Density 763/km2 (1,975/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 3350
Area 7.6 km2 (2.9 sq mi)
Location 4 km (2 mi) from Ballarat Central
LGA(s) City of Ballarat
State electorate(s) Ballarat West
Federal Division(s) Ballarat
Suburbs around Alfredton:
Cardigan Lake Gardens Lake Wendouree
Lucas Alfredton Newington
Delacombe Delacombe Delacombe

Alfredton is a suburb of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, west of the CBD. The population at the 2006 census was 5,796[1] making it the fourth most populated in the Ballarat urban area.

Alfredton is located west of Lake Wendouree along Sturt Street. The suburb has some of Ballarat's best known landmarks including the Arch of Victory, a World War I memorial which once marked the entrance to Ballarat and the start of Ballarat's Avenue of Honour, the longest war memorial roadside plantation in Australia, which extends 18 km to the Western Freeway.

Originally part of Cardigan and known by that name, the present area was named in honour of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh following his visit to Ballarat in 1867.

The Alfredton area is central to Western Ballarat's growth corridor, an area where suburban development is encouraged by the City of Ballarat and State Government of Victoria. Most of urban Ballarat's subdivision for new housing estates is happening in Greenfield land to the south, north and west of the Avenue of Honour. Large estates include The Chase[2] and Insignia.[3]

History[edit]

The Post Office opened on 1 August 1868.[4]

Originally part of Cardigan and known by that name, the present area was named in honour of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh following the royal visit to Ballarat in 1867.

Urban form and housing[edit]

While a small section of the original township and main roads are grid plan, the majority of Alfredton's residential areas have been developed under the concepts of street hierarchy with looped streets and cul-de-sacs and almost all single-family detached homes. As a result while the suburban streets are quiet the main roads around Alfredton are particularly busy.

Transport[edit]

The main form of transport in Alfredton is the private motor car and Alfredton can be classed as a car dependent suburb.

There are two different urban bus services servicing the suburb, both of which run regularly to the city. The suburb is serviced by Ballarat Taxis, a co-operative taxi network.

The former Redan Junction railway line servicing the Ballarat Saleyards and the Redan industrial precinct previously bisected the suburb, but this line was closed in 1997.[5] The line has since been completely lifted, though the reservation remains unoccupied.

The nearest railway station is Wendouree 3 km to the north.

Parks and open space[edit]

Golfers play at the course of the Ballarat Golf Club on Sturt Street in the suburb.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Alfredton (L) (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  2. ^ http://www.thechasealfredton.com.au/
  3. ^ http://www.insigniaballarat.com.au
  4. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  5. ^ "Redan Junction Line". VicSig. 2008-11-23. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  6. ^ Golf Select, Ballarat, retrieved 2009-05-11