Windsor, Victoria

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Windsor
MelbourneVictoria
SW6 954 (Melbourne tram) in Windsor, on route 79, September 2006.jpg
Tram on Chapel Street stopping at Windsor railway station
Windsor is located in Melbourne
Windsor
Windsor
Coordinates 37°51′14″S 144°59′17″E / 37.854°S 144.988°E / -37.854; 144.988Coordinates: 37°51′14″S 144°59′17″E / 37.854°S 144.988°E / -37.854; 144.988
Population 7,069 (2011)[1]
 • Density 7,000/km2 (18,000/sq mi)
Established 1860s
Postcode(s) 3181
Area 1 km2 (0.4 sq mi)
Location 7 km (4 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s)
State electorate(s) Prahran
Federal Division(s) Higgins, Melbourne Ports
Suburbs around Windsor:
South Yarra Prahran Prahran
Albert Park Windsor Prahran
St Kilda St Kilda East St Kilda East

Windsor is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 5 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government areaa are the Cities of Port Phillip and Stonnington. At the 2011 Census, Windsor had a population of 7,069.

Windsor is bounded by Dandenong Road, St Kilda Road, Williams Road and High Street.

It is often incorrectly referred to as Prahran, Windsor's northern neighbour. In the past, Windsor was within the City of Prahran's boundaries and many institutions still refer to this.

Windsor was named after Windsor, Berkshire.

Known at first as Prahran South, its name was changed to Windsor in 1891.

History[edit]

A Windsor Post Office opened in 1856, but was renamed St Kilda in 1858. The Windsor Post Office in the area opened in 1886.[2]

Today[edit]

In 2005, research by the consulting firms Tract Consultants and ACIL Tasman (and reported by The Age), ranked Windsor 9th out of 150 Melbourne suburbs in terms of "liveability". Windsor scored a perfect "5" in 8 of the 14 categories used to compare suburbs; however, it scored a zero in important areas including "Crime", "Traffic Congestion" and "Open Space".[citation needed]

Although Stonnington's smallest suburb, Windsor has its own bank, along with a growing number of independent clothing stores, fast food outlets, bars, lounges and cafés.

Windsor contains a diverse mix of housing, including medium density apartments, Victorian terrace housing, hi-rise public housing towers and semi-detached cottages.

The Prahran campus of Swinburne University is located just south of High Street in Windsor.

The painkiller Aspro was invented by the chemist George Nicholas in Windsor.[3] Nuttelex margarine is also manufactured in Windsor.

Melbourne's famous Chapel Street shopping strip bisects Windsor, and the Windsor end is seen as being the more bohemian, less expensive end of the street, although as development continues, the Windsor end of Chapel Street is becoming highly sought-after real estate, with many of the smaller retro-type clothing and vintage stores making way for new venues and some chain restaurants.

Landmarks[edit]

The suburb has many landmarks, including the historic Presentation Convent (now a secondary school), the Stonnington Primary School, old post office, Telstra exchange tower and a campus of Swinburne University. In recent times, the large Empire Cinemas, converted into a nightclub, was gutted by fire before eventually being demolished and replaced by high-rise apartments, also named the Empire.

The remains of one side of Punt Road at the Windsor end contains one of Windsor's lesser shopping strips, called Little Windsor on Punt.

The suburb also features new design, including the award winning Windsor Fire station, by architects Edmund and Corrigan. In Raleigh Street are the K2 apartments, a Sustainable architecture built in 2006, to the design of Hansen Yuncken and features passive solar design, recycled and sustainable materials, photovoltaic cells, wastewater treatment, rainwater collection and solar hot water.

There are many remaining hotels in the suburb, including the popular Windsor Castle and Pint on Punt.

Transport[edit]

Windsor is serviced by a number of trams along Dandenong Road, High Street and Chapel Street and the Sandringham railway line takes commuters from Windsor Station to the CBD in 10 minutes.

Punt Road is one of the main bus thoroughfares in Melbourne and passes through the western side of the suburb.

See also[edit]

  • City of Prahran – the former local government area of which Windsor was a part

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Windsor (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008 
  3. ^ Slough Museum: Aspro History

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