Seddon, Victoria

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Seddon
MelbourneVictoria
Population 4,851 (2011)[1]
 • Density 4,900/km2 (13,000/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 3011
Area 1 km2 (0.4 sq mi)
Location 7 km (4 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s) City of Maribyrnong
State electorate(s) Footscray
Federal Division(s) Gellibrand
Suburbs around Seddon:
Footscray
Kingsville Seddon Footscray
Yarraville

Seddon is a suburb 7 km west of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, lying between Footscray and Yarraville. Its local government area is the City of Maribyrnong. At the 2011 Census, Seddon had a population of 4,851.

Formerly a working-class suburb, in recent years Seddon has experienced rapid gentrification due to its close proximity to the Melbourne City Centre.

History[edit]

The suburb was earlier known as Belgravia but is now called Seddon after Richard Seddon, the New Zealand Prime Minister from 1893 to 1906, who resided there before he moved to Bendigo and later to New Zealand. The Belgravia Hotel, at 236 Nicholson Street Footscray, still carries Seddon's original name.

Seddon Post Office opened on 29 September 1908 and closed in 1976. Seddon West Post Office opened in 1924 and remains open.[2] Seddon shares its postcode with neighbouring Footscray - 3011.

Today[edit]

Seddon is sometimes considered part of neighbouring Footscray. The Original State Bank of Victoria in Charles Street, Seddon used to stamp its Bank Account passbooks as Footscray South Vic. Not unusual, considering Seddon is south of Footscray. However, while central Footscray is one of the main shopping and transport hubs for Melbourne's western suburbs, Seddon, in contrast, is quiet, leafy and residential.

Seddon's railway station is on the Werribee and Williamstown railway lines of the Melbourne train network.

Sport and activities[edit]

The Seddon Cricket Club has its home ground in the Yarraville Gardens.

Seddon also shares its Australian Rules football team, Yarraville-Seddon, with neighbouring Yarraville. The team competes in the Western Region Football League.[3]

Opposite Seddon Station is the 5th Footscray Scout Group. With programs for children aged 6 to 15, the group is part of Scouts Australia, and meets in a historic hall built in the 1930s.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Seddon (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008 
  3. ^ Full Points Footy, Yarraville Seddon, retrieved 15 April 2009 

Coordinates: 37°48′36″S 144°53′38″E / 37.81°S 144.894°E / -37.81; 144.894