Box Hill North, Victoria
|Box Hill North
|• Density||2,700/km2 (7,100/sq mi)|
|Area||4 km2 (1.5 sq mi)|
|Location||14 km (9 mi) from Melbourne|
|LGA(s)||City of Whitehorse|
|State electorate(s)||Box Hill|
Box Hill North is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 14 km east from Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Whitehorse. At the 2011 Census, Box Hill North had a population of 10,971.
Box Hill North's boundaries are Koonung Creek in the north, Elgar Road in the west, Middleborough Road in the east and Thames Street in the south. The eastern part of Box Hill North is also known as Kerrimuir.
Although central Box Hill was established as a post town in 1861, Box Hill North was largely developed as a suburban area following the Second World War. The earliest permanent European presence in the area was Arundel Wrighte's pastoral lease, established in 1838. A Wesleyan Methodist Chapel was built of local stone in 1858 and is the oldest building in the area. Until the 1950s much of Box Hill North was covered with orchards. Kerrimuir Post Office opened on 1 April 1955 and Box Hill North Post Office opened on 1 August 1955 as the suburb developed.
Box Hill North has a little plaza of shops, on the corner of Station Street and Woodhouse Grove. A better array of shops are just up the road by bus to the Centro Box Hill complex in Box Hill, the Westfield owned Doncaster Shoppingtown in the north and Blackburn North Square Shopping Centre to the east.
Box Hill North has several roadside strip shopping centres; the largest is Kerrimuir Shopping Centre, at the intersection of Middleborough Road and Springfield Road. Smaller shopping strips are located at Trawool Street and Second Avenue.
Box Hill North has a light industrial area in Lexton Street, at the Middleborough Road end of the street. It includes hot food snack bars open during weekday business hours to service the light industrial businesses and several shops and factory outlets.
Box Hill North has two public primary schools; Kerrimuir Primary School and Box Hill North Primary School. St Clare's Catholic Primary School closed down in the early 2000s (see below).
The suburb has one secondary school, Berengarra Secondary School, located on the old site for St Clare's Catholic Primary School. Berengarra Secondary School caters for students experiencing problems in mainstream schools. The school teaches students in Years 7 to 10.
- East Box Hill Cricket Club
- Box Hill North Football Club Inc
- Whitehorse Pioneers Football Club Inc
- SFX Whitehorse Colts Junior Football Club Inc
- North Box Hill Tennis Club (NBHTC)
- Elgar Park Cricket Club (Previously Box Hill Church of Christ Cricket Club)
- Box Hill North Cricket Club
- Kerrimuir United Cricket Club
- Eastern Gymnastics Club (Previously Box Hill Gymnastics Club)
- Box Hill Little Athletics Centre
- Whitehorse Pole Vault Club
- Koonung Comets Basketball Club
There are many parks in the suburb, including Elgar Park, Bushy Creek Park, Memorial Park, Springfield Park, Tassell's Park, Frank Sedgman Reserve, Hagenauer Reserve, Halligan Park, Eram Park and many smaller and often unnamed, reserves. Of these, only Elgar Park and Springfield Park contain an Australian rules football oval. Most of these parks have walking and bicycle paths and children's playgrounds. As well as this, there is also the Bushy Creek Trail and the Koonung Creek Trail.
The residents of Box Hill North profess several religions, although the majority are either Christian or non-religious. There are five churches in the suburb; The Grove Uniting Church, St Clare's Roman Catholic Church, an Evangelical Chinese Church, a True Jesus Church and St Philip's Anglican Church.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Box Hill North (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008