Brighton Beach Esplanade looking towards Sandringham
|Population||9,309 (2011 census)|
|• Density||2,660/km2 (6,890/sq mi)|
|Area||3.5 km2 (1.4 sq mi)|
|Location||16 km (10 mi) from Melbourne|
|LGA(s)||City of Bayside|
Sandringham is a beachside suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 16 km southeast of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Bayside and federal division is the Goldstein. At the 2011 Census, Sandringham had a population of 9,309.
Sandringham formed part of the early estates in the parish of Moorabbin purchased by Josiah Holloway in 1852. Named Gipsy Village, lots were sold between 1852 and 1854 notwithstanding little settlement taking place at the time. Bluff Town Post Office opened on 1 April 1868, closed in 1871, reopened in 1873 and was renamed Sandringham in 1887.
Sandringham is one of Melbourne's bayside suburbs, located beside Port Phillip at the end of the Sandringham railway line. Sandringham is a popular location for beachgoers, sightseers, walkers, cyclists and shoppers. It has a quaint village atmosphere with a number of cafes and restaurants (Greek, Chinese, Thai, Indian, Japanese), take-away food outlets, gourmet food outlets, clothing stores, hairdressers, professional offices, multi-story apartments, real estate agents, bakeries, a Coles supermarket, a health food store, a chemist, a modern library, a historical society, a large police station, a medical centre, a video store, a hardware store, a wine store, a bank, a large modern hotel (The Sandy) with a balcony overlooking the bay, a bike track and a coastal walking track. The Sandringham Yacht Club is host to a number of Sydney to Hobart yacht race winners. The main streets are home to some elegant old buildings, including the railway station. The trip by train from Sandringham to Melbourne city takes 27 minutes.
In the 2011 census the most common ancestries in Sandringham were English 29.3%, Australian 25.8%, Irish 9.7%, Scottish 9.3% and German 3.1%.
The Sandringham Football Club, known as the Zebras, of the Victorian Football League. has had a number of players go on to play in the AFL, including Chris Judd, Trevor Barker, Ian Cooper and radio personality Rex Hunt. The club's home ground is the Trevor Barker oval on Beach Road (opposite the end of Bridge Road).
Based at the RG Chisholm Reserve, Duncan Street, the East Sandringham Boys Cricket Club features in suburban competitions throughout the cricket season. The club has developed cricketers particularly at a junior level, notably Shane Warne who has on occasion returned to play for his junior club. The R G Chisholm Reserve is also home to the East Sandringham Boys Football Club.
- Trevor Barker Beach Oval
- Picnic Point
- Sandringham Rotunda
- Tjilatjirrin Reserve
- Sandringham Yacht Club
- Chris Judd – Two-time AFL Brownlow Medallist, West Coast Eagles premiership captain and former Carlton Blues captain was born in Sandringham and played football for the Sandringham Dragons in the TAC Cup as a junior.
- Bob Hawke, Prime Minister of Australia from March 1983 to December 1991, lived in Keats Street, Sandringham, for several years. Hawke later moved to Royal Avenue, Sandringham in 1964.
- Tim Flannery, scientist and Australian of the Year 2007, grew up in Sandringham in the 1950s.
- Brad Hodge - Australian Test Cricketer and former captain of the Victorian Bushrangers.
- Jared Rivers - Geelong Football Club player in the Australian Football League (AFL).
- Lisa McIntosh – Paralympic sprinter and five-time gold medallist was born in Sandringham.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Sandringham (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
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- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
- Sandringham Football Club#Notable former players
- "McINTOSH Elizabeth". Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation. Retrieved 22 January 2012.