Glenroy, Victoria

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Glenroy is located in Melbourne
Coordinates37°42′22″S 144°55′26″E / 37.706°S 144.924°E / -37.706; 144.924Coordinates: 37°42′22″S 144°55′26″E / 37.706°S 144.924°E / -37.706; 144.924
Population22,245 (2016)[1]
 • Density2,445/km2 (6,330/sq mi)
Area9.1 km2 (3.5 sq mi)
Location13 km (8 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s)City of Moreland
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)Wills
Suburbs around Glenroy:
Jacana Broadmeadows Broadmeadows
Gowanbrae Glenroy Hadfield, Fawkner
Oak Park, Strathmore Heights Oak Park Pascoe Vale

Glenroy is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 13 km north of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Moreland. At the 2016 Census, Glenroy had a population of 22,245.[1]

Glenroy is located in the northwest of the City of Moreland, and is bounded by the Western Ring Road in the north, the Moonee Ponds Creek in the west, New Road, Victoria Street and Rhodes Parade in the south and West Street, Hilton Street, Box Forest Road and the Upfield railway line in the east.

Prominent features include the private Northern Golf Club, a major retail district centred on the Glenroy railway station and the Northern Memorial Park extension to the Fawkner General Cemetery.


The area was originally home to the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, before British colonisation and settlement of the Melbourne area started in 1835.

The Glenroy Estate bounded by the Moonee Ponds Creek, Camp Rd, the Northern Golf Club (inclusively) and Rhodes Parade, was purchased in Sydney in 1838 by speculators, Hughes and Hosking. The Camerons may have owned it as part of a Run before survey or just leased it from the speculators, and are credited with giving Glenroy its name. However, Donald Angus Kennedy, who bought the estate in the mid 1840s, bestowed the name according to his 1864 obituary in The Argus. Kennedy's mother was Grace (née Cameron).[2]

Initial development in the area started with a small settlement around the North East railway line at the end of the 19th Century, with the Glenroy Post Office opening on 22 October 1888.[3]

After World War II significant development occurred when organisations such as Australian National Airways, the War Services Homes Commission and the Housing Commission of Victoria developed large areas of Glenroy. Residential development continued rapidly through the 1950s, and a Glenroy East Post Office opened in 1958 (closing in 1977).


In the 2016 Census, there were 22,245 people in Glenroy. 49.3% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were India 6.3%, Italy 4.0%, Pakistan 4.0%, Nepal 3.5% and Lebanon 2.4%. 41.6% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Arabic 8.4%, Italian 6.1%, Urdu 4.5%, Turkish 4.2% and Nepali 3.8%. The most common responses for religion were Catholic 27.2%, Islam 18.7% and No Religion 17.1%.[1]

Historical census data[edit]

  • 1891: 224
  • 1921: 545
  • 1947: 1,135
  • 2001: 18,550
  • 2006: 18,870


  • Glenroy College
  • Glenroy Central Primary School
  • Glenroy Private
  • Glenroy West Primary School
  • Belle Vue Park Primary School
  • St Thomas More's Primary School
  • Penola Catholic College: Glenroy Campus (7-8)
  • Glenroy Specialist School
  • Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School
  • Ballerrt Murrup College
  • Glenroy Private Islamic School


Glenroy is served by three stations at which Metro Trains operate services to and from the Melbourne CBD. Glenroy and Jacana stations are located on the Craigieburn line in the west of the suburb, whilst Gowrie station is located on the Upfield line which forms part of the suburb's eastern boundary.

Four regular bus routes serve Glenroy:

One Night Bus route serves Glenroy:

The Moonee Ponds Creek Trail and the Western Ring Road Trail provide facilities for recreational and commuting cyclists.

Prominent road infrastructure is also provided, with Pascoe Vale Road running through the east of the suburb and the Western Ring Road forming the suburb's northern boundary. Other arterials within the suburb include Daley Street, Glenroy Road, Hilton Street, Plumton Avenue, and Widford Street.


Glenroy Football Club, an Australian rules football team, competes in the Essendon District Football League. The club was founded in 1946.[9]

Golfers play at the course of the Northern Golf Club on Glenroy Road.[10]

Glenroy is home to the Glenroy Cricket Club, who compete in the VTCA. The club shares their home ground with the Glenroy Football Club and is located on the north-east corner of the Northern Golf Club, on Glenroy Road.

Glenroy is home to professional track star Mina Eskander.[citation needed]

Landmarks and notable places[edit]

The following places in Glenroy are listed in the Victorian Heritage Register:

The following places are covered by Heritage Overlay controls in the Moreland Planning Scheme:

  • HO205 2 Churchill Street, Glenroy - House
  • HO209 127 Glenroy Road, Glenroy - House
  • HO210 139 Glenroy Road, Glenroy - House
  • HO211 149 Glenroy Road, Glenroy - "Minnawarra"
  • HO212 9 Grandview Street, Glenroy - House
  • HO213 Hartington Street (cnr Melbourne Avenue), Glenroy - Electricity Substation
  • HO222 34 Finchley Avenue, Glenroy
  • HO223 Plumpton Avenue, Glenroy - Former St. Matthew's church, c. 1908
  • HO225 6 Salisbury Street, Glenroy - "Taringa"
  • HO226 21 South Street, Glenroy - Kingsley College (Huningtower)
  • HO230 11 Tudor Street, Glenroy - "Buangor"
  • HO234 92 Wheatsheaf Road, Glenroy - Shop
  • HO235 139 Wheatsheaf Road, Glenroy - Shop and dwelling
  • HO236 32 Widford Street (cnr Melbourne Avenue), Glenroy - "Wiseman House"
  • HO237 73 Plumpton Avenue, Glenroy - Dwelling

Notable former residents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Glenroy (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "A Lot of Bull About Glenroy? (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia". Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  3. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
  4. ^ "Routes". Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Routes". Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Routes". Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  7. ^ "Routes". Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Routes". Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  9. ^ Full Points Footy, Glenroy, retrieved 15 April 2009
  10. ^ Golf Select, Northern, retrieved 11 May 2009