Wheelers Hill, Victoria

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Wheelers Hill
MelbourneVictoria
Wheelers Hill is located in Melbourne
Wheelers Hill
Wheelers Hill
Location in metropolitan Melbourne
Coordinates 37°53′56″S 145°10′59″E / 37.899°S 145.183°E / -37.899; 145.183Coordinates: 37°53′56″S 145°10′59″E / 37.899°S 145.183°E / -37.899; 145.183
Population 19,105 (2011)[1]
 • Density 1,855/km2 (4,804/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 3150
Area 10.3 km2 (4.0 sq mi)
Location 23 km (14 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s) City of Monash
State electorate(s) Mulgrave, Scoresby
Federal Division(s) Bruce
Suburbs around Wheelers Hill:
Mount Waverley Glen Waverley Scoresby
Notting Hill Wheelers Hill Scoresby
Mulgrave Dandenong North Rowville

Wheelers Hill is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 23 km south-east of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Monash. At the 2011 Census, Wheelers Hill had a population of 19,105.[1]

History[edit]

Wheelers Hill was almost certainly named after the Wheeler brothers, John and Bartholomew, who were early settlers in the area. The Wheelers Hill Hotel was a post office and stopping point for farmers before a 6 to 8 hour drive to the city by horse to sell their goods. The Wheelers Mansion was destroyed by a fire in the late 1920s. The house was located somewhere to the south of the Wheelers Hill Library. The Post Office opened on 1 January 1869 but was called Mulgrave until 1888.[2]

Wheelers Hill was the last suburb of the now Monash City Council to be linked up to the electricity grid. This is because, at the time, there was a dispute between the Shire of Mulgrave and the Council of Waverley on whose suburb it was. The main roads in Wheelers Hill were named after land owners and run along the boundaries of old orchards and farms.

In Columbia Park on Jells Road, there are steps and a brick outline indicating where "Bellenden" homestead once stood. This was a solid brick home reportedly built for W.D. Robertson, a retired Melbourne baker. It had a tower which gave a commanding view towards the Dandenong Ranges. During World War II, the building was in use as a home for children with infantile paralysis, then known as "spastic" babies. When the mothers were needed to work on the farms left idle by the men who had gone to war, their special needs babies were cared for at Columbia Park. The house was occupied by a family named Jungwirth post-war and was in ruins by the time V.F.L Park was built nearby.

Today[edit]

Wheelers Hill is home to Jells Park, a major recreational facility of over 127 hectares. It contains 9 km of cycle paths and walking tracks which surround a large lake. Wheelers Hill is known for its trees. Parklands make up 31% of the total area of Wheelers Hill.

Wheelers Hill Secondary College is located in the centre of the suburb.

Brentwood Secondary College is located on Watsons Road.

Caulfield Grammar School is located on lower Jells Road, next to Jells Park.

Wheelers Hill Cricket Club is the area's major cricket team. [1]

Golfers play at the course of the Glen Waverley Golf Club at Waverley Road.[3]

Wheelers Hill Primary School, Jells Park Primary School, Waverley Meadows Primary School and Brandon Park Primary School are just some of the primary schools in the area.

Public Library and Art Gallery[edit]

The Monash Gallery of Art [2] and the Wheelers Hill branch of the Monash Public Library Service [3] are co-located in a fine building at the corner of Jells Road and Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill. The architect of the Gallery was Harry Seidler and he also approved of the integrated library wing which has a bay of windows facing a small lake. The Gallery contains a nationally significant collection of Australian photography, of which its permanent collection comprises over 1500 works illustrating the development and evolution of the photographic medium in Australia.

Notable people[edit]

Chris Cheney, guitarist and lead vocalist from The Living End went to school in Wheelers Hill, attending the Wheelers Hill Secondary College.

Transport[edit]

There are nine bus services that run in or through the vicinity of Wheelers Hill. Two SMARTBUS Services run through the boundaries of the suburb.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Wheelers Hill". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008 
  3. ^ Golf Select, Glen Waverley, retrieved 11 May 2009