|Population||4,334 (2021 census)|
|• Density||1,730/km2 (4,490/sq mi)|
|Area||2.5 km2 (1.0 sq mi)|
|Location||14 km (9 mi) from Melbourne|
|LGA(s)||City of Brimbank|
|State electorate(s)||St Albans|
Albion is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 14 km (8.7 mi) west of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the City of Brimbank local government area. Albion recorded a population of 4,334 at the 2021 census.
Albion is bordered on the north by Ballarat Road, the south by Forrest Street, the west by Kororoit Creek and the east by Anderson Road. The suburb is completely surrounded by other parts of Sunshine except for Ardeer, which lies to Albion's due west across Kororoit Creek.
The area was originally called Darlington, from at least 1860 to about 1890. The area originally known as Albion was directly west of Duke Street, as can be noted by the many streets there named after English counties and placenames – Albion being an ancient name for the island of Great Britain.
In March 1885 the Albion Quarrying Company began its operations in the area. The disused Albion quarry, accessed from Hulett Street in Sunshine, was the location for AC/DC's Jailbreak music video.
It was H. V. McKay of Sunshine Harvester Works fame who bought land to develop a residential community for his workers in first decades on the 20th century. His concept for Sunshine was the Sunshine Estate: a community developed according to the ideals of the Garden city movement, an influential town planning movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This area was mainly in what is now called Albion. McKay's own residence, The Gables, was in Talmage Street (where the cul-de-sac The Gables now is) until it was consumed by fire and subsequently demolished.
Albion has many period homes such as California bungalows and 1940s weatherboard houses. In the eastern parts of Albion, many of the oldest homes were built by H. V. McKay as part of his Sunshine Estate, a housing community built according to the influential early 20th Century Garden city movement.
Stony Creek lies on the eastern edge of Albion, close to Anderson Road. As of 2013[update], the creek's environmental state west of Anderson Road is very poor as it has long been converted to nothing more than a concrete stormwater drain for this particular section of its course.
Metropolitan buses service the suburb and Albion station. These include:
- 215 Caroline Springs – Highpoint Shopping Centre via Albion station, Burnside Shopping Centre (every day). Operated by Kinetic Melbourne.
- 216 Caroline Springs – Brighton Beach via Deer Park West, Sunshine, Footscray, Melbourne CBD, St Kilda Road, Prahran and Elsternwick (every day). Operated by Kinetic Melbourne.
- 400 Sunshine – Laverton via Deer Park station, Dame Phyllis Frost Centre, Metropolitan Remand Centre, and Port Phillip Prison (every day). Operated by Transit Systems Victoria and CDC Melbourne.
- 451 Sunshine – Deer Park North via Deer Park station (every day). Operated by Transit Systems Victoria.
- 456 Sunshine – Woodgrove SC via Albion RS, Burnside SC, Caroline Springs, Melton (every day). Operated by Transit Systems Victoria.
- 903 Altona station – Mordialloc SC via Essendon, Northland SC, Box Hill, Chadstone SC (every day). Operated by Kinetic Melbourne.
Other sports clubs include:
- Western Eagles (Association) Football Club
- Sunshine Baseball Club
- Sunshine Bowls Club
- Polish Sports Centre
- Sunshine United Cricket Club
- Ace GoKarts
- Albion Tennis Club
- Albion Thunder (part of the Community Soccer Hub)
- St Theresa's Catholic Church
- Slovakian Baptist Church
- Assemblies of God Church
- City of Sunshine – Albion was previously within this former local government area.
- Albion railway station, Melbourne
- Kororoit Creek
- Kororoit Creek Trail
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