Kealba, Victoria

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Kealba
MelbourneVictoria
Kealba is located in Melbourne
Kealba
Kealba
Coordinates 37°44′20″S 144°49′41″E / 37.739°S 144.828°E / -37.739; 144.828Coordinates: 37°44′20″S 144°49′41″E / 37.739°S 144.828°E / -37.739; 144.828
Population 3,164 (2011)[1]
 • Density 1,318/km2 (3,410/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 3021
Area 2.4 km2 (0.9 sq mi)
Location 16 km (10 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s) City of Brimbank
State electorate(s) Niddrie
Federal Division(s) Maribyrnong
Suburbs around Kealba:
Keilor Downs Keilor Keilor East
St Albans Kealba Keilor East
St Albans Sunshine North Sunshine North

Kealba is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 16 km north-west from Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Brimbank. At the 2011 Census, Kealba had a population of 3,164.

The name of the suburb is derived from the letters of two of its neighbouring suburbs, namely Keilor and St Albans.

History[edit]

The land was part of the Overnewton Estate owned by William Taylor, who had Overnewton Castle built on the Calder Highway. After the Government demanded the release of land by large land owners two large farm allotments were sold to Farquhar Macrae and his bride Annie (née Ritchie). After Farquhar and Annie's death the land contained in the suburb of Kealba was owned by their son Malcolm Ritchie Macrae. The farm was used to grow oats and for the breeding of horses, cows and sheep.

During the 1960s the land was sold for subdivisional purposes, the first land auction taking place on 22 March 1969. During this time the area came under the St. Albans postal district. Over the following years all the land was subdivided, a secondary college named Kealba established as well as a few light industrial areas. Under the Survey Co-Ordination Act 1958 the City of Keilor applied to a name changed from St Albans East to the name of Kealba. The location was named as being - that portion of the City bounded by St Albans Road, Taylors Creek, the Maribyrnong River, McIntyre Road, Main Road East and Sunshine Avenue. In the 1990s without any consultations with the residents, the Council renamed the area bounded by Main Road East, Cowper Avenue, Errington Road and Sunshine Avenue as St Albans. Today the area is still known to many as Kealba, or by its original name Kealba Views.

Transport[edit]

Bus route 418 runs through the area. This route travels via Driscolls Road and Stenson Road every 40 minutes. It departs from the terminus at the St Albans railway station and runs via Alfrieda Street, Biggs Street, Stenson Road, Driscolls Road, St Albans Road and Taylors Road to Keilor Downs Plaza, Keilor Plains Station and Caroline Springs.

See also[edit]

  • City of Keilor - the former local government area of which Kealba was a part

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Kealba (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 June 2012.