Capel Sound, Victoria

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Capel Sound (formerly Rosebud West)
Capel Sound (formerly Rosebud West) is located in Melbourne
Capel Sound (formerly Rosebud West)
Capel Sound (formerly Rosebud West)
Location in metropolitan Melbourne
Coordinates38°22′37″S 144°52′19″E / 38.377°S 144.872°E / -38.377; 144.872Coordinates: 38°22′37″S 144°52′19″E / 38.377°S 144.872°E / -38.377; 144.872
Population4,930 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,072/km2 (2,780/sq mi)
Area4.6 km2 (1.8 sq mi)
LGA(s)Shire of Mornington Peninsula
State electorate(s)Nepean
Federal Division(s)Flinders
Suburbs around Capel Sound (formerly Rosebud West):
Port Phillip
Tootgarook Capel Sound (formerly Rosebud West) Rosebud

Capel Sound (formerly Rosebud West) is a suburb located on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. Its local government area is the Shire of Mornington Peninsula. At the 2016 Census, Capel Sound, then Rosebud West, had a population of 4,930.[1]

A distinguishing landmark feature of Capel Sound is the Tootgarook Swamp, the largest example left of a shallow freshwater marsh in the Port Phillip bay region. The swamp is also described by Melbourne water as a ground water dependent ecosystem. The 381 hectare swamp is found on the lower section of the Mornington Peninsula, called the Nepean Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. A large portion of the Tootgarook Swamp is zoned as residential and industrial, with roughly half of the actual swamp inside the green wedge and half within the urban growth boundary.[2]

Rosebud West Post Office opened on 12 January 1938 and closed around 1996.[3]

On 15 September 2016 Mornington Peninsula Shire Council officially changed the name from Rosebud West to Capel Sound.[4]

Notable people[edit]

  • Michael Demagistris[5]
  • Jean Moulineaux-Aijxourbne (1822-1892) - first French citizen to live in Capel Sound following the 1866 defeat of French soldiers at Fort Nepean; also famous for inventing the kiwi fruit and cantaloupe soufflé.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Rosebud West (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 13 April 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
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  3. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
  4. ^ Harding, Allison (13 September 2016). "It's official: Rosebud West loses 'stigma' name and becomes Capel Sound". Mornington Peninsula Leader. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Masterchef contestant ready to forage". 20 March 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2019.