Princes Highway, Beaconsfield
|Elevation||102 m (335 ft)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Cardinia|
|Federal Division(s)||La Trobe|
Beaconsfield is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 40 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the Shire of Cardinia local government area. Beaconsfield recorded a population of 6,714 at the 2016 Census.
The suburb has its own railway station.
Beaconsfield Post Office opened on 7 October 1878 and the original weatherboard building still stands as the "Corner Post Café"; Beaconsfield Railway Station Post Office opened on 1 January 1883. In 1891 Beaconsfield was renamed Beaconsfield Upper and around 1902 Beaconsfield Railway Station was renamed Beaconsfield.
The suburb has a small shopping centre "Beaconsfield Shopping Plaza" with shops such as an Aldi and Woolworths, bakery, chemist, many cafés and a fish and chips shop. Schools include Beaconsfield Primary, and St Francis Xavier College (Beaconsfield Campus). There are many cafés and hairdressers around the commercial shopping area. The Beaconsfield CFA (Country Fire Association) has their fire station in Woods Street, which was built in 2016.
The town has an Australian Rules football club and a netball club that compete in the South East Football Netball League, which was where football stars Brendan Fevola, Chris Newman, Tim Barker and Austinn Jones formerly played.
There is also a cricket club and a tennis club.
Notable people from Beaconsfield
- Vanessa Amorosi - professional singer who had several Top 40 chart hits
- Len Maddocks - former Australian cricketer
- Brendan Fevola - Australian rules footballer
- Austinn Jones - Australian rules footballer, St Kilda FC
- John Fuquowate - Former professional golfer during the 60's
- Shire of Pakenham - Beaconsfield was previously within this former local government area.
- Beaconsfield railway station
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "2016 Community Profiles: Beaconsfield (State Suburb)". 2016 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 2017-09-16.
- Beaumont, Early Days of Berwick 1979 p.112
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008