Bell Park, Victoria
Bell Park in 1863, near the homestead of Captain John Bell
|Population||5,286 (2011 census)|
|• Density||1,890/km2 (4,890/sq mi)|
|Area||2.8 km2 (1.1 sq mi)|
|Location||3 km (2 mi) from Geelong|
|LGA(s)||City of Greater Geelong|
Bell Park is a residential suburb of Geelong, Victoria, Australia. It is located 3 km north-west of the Geelong city centre and is bordered to the north by the Ballarat rail line, to the east by Thompson Road, to the south by the Midland Highway and to the west by Anakie Road. At the 2011 census, Bell Park had a population of 5,286.
Bell Park was named after the Bell Park homestead built by the early settler, John Bell. Settlement began in the early 1950s with many settlers coming from European countries after World War II. The Post Office opened on 1 July 1953. Part of Bell's homestead is preserved at the Grace McKellar Centre. There are two Ukrainian churches in Bell Park - one Orthodox and one Catholic.
As of 2008, there are three shopping strips in Bell Park. The strip along Milton Street has a newsagency, hairdresser, day spa, bottle shop, Dnister Ukrainian Credit Co-operative, post office, hardware store, butcher, barber, bakery and small supermarket. The strip on Hughes Street has a greengrocer, bargain shop, butcher, supermarket, pharmacy, hairdresser. The strip along Separation Street has a stationer, pharmacy, butcher, 2 hairdressers, Chinese takeout, real estate agent, optometrist, a milk bar, fish and chips, florist, Tattslotto agent, cake shop, a bank, accountant, chicken shop, discount supermarket, The Croatian club and Chinese restaurant.
Bell Park is home to five different schools: North Geelong Secondary College, Western Heights College (Barton campus), Nelson Park School, Bell Park North Primary School and Holy Family Catholic Primary School.
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