Bayswater, Vic, looking east to Mount Dandenong
|Population||11,240 (2011 census)|
|• Density||1,410/km2 (3,640/sq mi)|
|Area||8 km2 (3.1 sq mi)|
|LGA(s)||City of Knox|
Bayswater is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 29 km east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Knox. At the 2011 Census, Bayswater had a population of 11,240.
The first Post Office in the area was Scoresby North, which opened on 8 May 1882 and renamed Macauley in 1884. When the railway arrived in 1889, a Bayswater office near the station replaced Macauley. In 1998 Bayswater Village (at the shopping centre of that name) office replaced Bayswater.
In the late 1940s, a number of German Templers (just released from the Tatura Internment Camp) settled in Bayswater and Boronia. Part of the Temple Society Australia, they built a Community Centre (1961) in Elizabeth Street and a Retirement Village, as well as Nursing Home Tabulam, in partnership with the Australian German Welfare Society (AGWS).
Education in Bayswater include Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School, Bayswater Primary School, Bayswater South Primary School, Bayswater West Primary School and Bayswater Secondary College (formerly Bayswater High School).
Its most well-known reserve is Bayswater Park, where football and cricket is played on the two ovals, as well as netball and tennis, on surrounding courts. The adjacent playground, known by the locals as the 'Train Park', contains a disused steam engine, which has been altered for children to play on.
Shopping in Bayswater includes 3 supermarkets; Woolworths, Aldi and Coles and a Mitre 10 Home & Trade. The most recent newest shopping precinct is Mountain High Plaza, which was completed in May 2009, and includes an Anytime Fitness 24hr health club, a Coles supermarket, coffee shops and variety stores, including Priceline Pharmacy and Dimmeys. Bayswater is also the headquarters of the Knox Opportunity Shop, which is run by Councillors and others.
Politics and representation
Bayswater contained three voting booths at the 2010 Federal Election, all located within the federal electorate of Aston. The suburb is often fairly 'marginal' electorally, in that neither of the main political parties tends to dominate the area. It is therefore a reasonably good barometer in its representation of overall national voting patterns and trends. Historically competitive, the collective 2010 result for the three booths distributed the primary vote in portions of 42.2% to Labor, 41.2% to the Liberals, and 10.8% to the Greens. After the distribution of preferences, the two-party result was 53.8% Labor and 46.2% Liberal.
- City of Croydon - the former local government area of which Bayswater was a part
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Bayswater (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 August 2012.
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
- "AEC". Election 2010: Virtual Tally Room.
- Full Point Footy, Eastern Football League, retrieved 21 October 2008