Edithvale, Victoria

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Edithvale
MelbourneVictoria
Edithvale is located in Melbourne
Edithvale
Edithvale
Coordinates 38°02′13″S 145°06′47″E / 38.037°S 145.113°E / -38.037; 145.113Coordinates: 38°02′13″S 145°06′47″E / 38.037°S 145.113°E / -38.037; 145.113
Population 5,450 (2011)[1]
 • Density 2,600/km2 (6,720/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 3196
Area 2.1 km2 (0.8 sq mi)
Location 29 km (18 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s) City of Kingston
State electorate(s) Mordialloc
Federal Division(s) Isaacs
Suburbs around Edithvale:
Port Phillip Aspendale Aspendale Gardens
Port Phillip Edithvale Chelsea Heights
Port Phillip Chelsea Chelsea Heights

Edithvale is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 28 km south-east from Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Kingston. At the 2011 Census, Edithvale had a population of 5,450.

History[edit]

Edithvale Post Office opened on 20 April 1923.[2]

Public transport[edit]

Edithvale railway station on the Frankston line services the area. Edithvale is also on the Route 902 SmartBus orbital between Airport West and Chelsea. It is also served by the occasional Route 706 to Mordialloc.

Edithvale Primary School[edit]

Edithvale Primary School has a long history, originally being a wooden building which was burnt down in 1930 and rebuilt in red brick as it is today. During the 1960s it was the largest school in the area with over 1000 students. Notable students include Victorian State MP Louise Asher and Federal MP Greg Wilton.

Edithvale Beach[edit]

Boatsheds on the beach at Edithvale, Victoria, Australia

Edithvale is best known for its long beach of pure white sand and historic bathing boxes. Residents groups have set up the Kingston Boatshed Association to protect these historic treasurers originally constructed by their owners for family activities such as swimming and fishing. The waters of Port Phillip Bay provide an excellent reflection as the sun sets directly facing the shore.

Today large houses are being built on the absolute beach frontages which are highly sought after. Pre-war this area was popular with Melbourne city residents who caught the train down on a hot Sunday and swam at Edithvale lifesaving club with its pier.

Fish that are common and can be taken with a hand spear include Flounder, Flathead and Garfish. Dolphins have been seen swimming 100 metres from shore and in the shallows small fingelings breed.

The beach which was originally ultra pure fine white sand has been contaminated by an attempt to reclaim the beach further north at Aspendale in the late 1970s. This reclamation involved pumping sand onto the eroding beach from far offshore. Unfortunately this off shore sand was much coarser and yellower being harder and grittier. It's clear today to see the progressive spread of this course sand now 3 km south of its original location. Other changes to the beach include the installation of sewerage to beach front properties in the 1960s when the entire dune was bulldozed, removing all native vegetation and levelling flat what was a protective mound. Introduced grasses were planted to hold the sand together and this eventually spread down to near the waters edge, producing what is seen today as a creeping sand dune covering the original beach with grass.

Edithvale beach is also famous as the home of John Bertrand, skipper of the Americas Cup winning Yacht Australia II, he learnt his seamanship skills at Chelsea Yacht Club sailing on the unpredictable Port Phillip Bay.

Sport[edit]

The town in conjunction with neighbouring suburb Aspendale has an Australian Rules football Edithvale-Aspendale team competing in the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League.

Golfers play at the Australasian Golf Club's Chelsea Public Golf Course on Fraser Avenue.[3]

Environment[edit]

Part of the Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands Ramsar Site lies within Edithvale, providing opportunities for birdwatching and environmental education as well as walking and bicycle tracks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Edithvale (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008 
  3. ^ Golf Select, Australasian Chelsea, retrieved 11 May 2009