Lalor, Victoria

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Lalor Shopping Centre viewed from Mann's Road Railway crossing.
Lalor is located in Melbourne
Location in metropolitan Melbourne
Coordinates 37°40′01″S 145°01′12″E / 37.667°S 145.020°E / -37.667; 145.020Coordinates: 37°40′01″S 145°01′12″E / 37.667°S 145.020°E / -37.667; 145.020
Population 19,873 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 3,105/km2 (8,040/sq mi)
Established 14 February 1947[2][3]
Postcode(s) 3075
Elevation 95 m (312 ft)
Area 6.4 km2 (2.5 sq mi)
Location 18 km (11 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s) City of Whittlesea
State electorate(s) Thomastown
Federal Division(s) Scullin
Suburbs around Lalor:
Somerton Epping South Morang
Campbellfield Lalor Mill Park
Fawkner Thomastown Bundoora

Lalor is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 18 kilometres (11 mi) north of Melbourne's central business district in the local government area of the City of Whittlesea. At the 2011 Census, Lalor had a population of 19,873.

Lalor was named in honour of Peter Lalor, a leader of the Eureka Stockade rebellion and later member of the Victorian parliament. The suburb was originally pronounced /ˈlɔːlər/ (locally [ˈloːlə]), after Peter Lalor, and although some people still pronounce it as such, in recent times the pronunciation /ˈllɔːr/ or /-lər/ (locally [ˈlæɪloː, -lə]) has become predominant, whilst the Federal electorate of Lalor is still predominantly pronounced /ˈlɔːlər/, locally [ˈloːlə].

The eastern and western borders of Lalor are defined by Darebin Creek and Merri Creek respectively.


Lalor was a part of Thomastown. In 1945, Leo Purcell, while a patient at a military hospital on the Atherton Tableland, worked out a scheme to provide low-cost homes, that in February 1947 became known as "Peter Lalor Co-operative Family Scheme" and with a group of ex-servicemen formed the Peter Lalor Home Building Co-operative Society.[4][5][6] The scheme was sponsored by the ex-servicemen's committee of the central executive of the Victorian Labour Party.[7][8] They chose two hundred and fifty-eight acres east of today's Lalor railway station to be the site of the new developments and the town planner Saxil Tuxen was hired to design a garden suburb.[9][10]

Lalor Post Office was opened on 1 August 1949.[11]

Although the Co-operative succeeded in beginning a program of house building, under-capitalisation resulted in the venture being taken over by the War Service Homes Commission in 1954.[12][13]

Originally built as the Mentone Fire station on the corner of Brindisi Street and Mentone Parade, Mentone in 1906, the building was relocated to 24 Vasey Street, Lalor in 1957 to become the Lalor Fire Station.[14] The Station was opened 30 January 1958 and was closed in 1997 and now served by the Epping Fire Station.[15][16][17]

In 2010, Stockade Park was redeveloped. This site, enclosed by Paschke Crescent and leading to Rochdale Square, marks the location of the Peter Lalor home building co-operative's Stockade—an area that housed the tools and materials for the workers of the Co-operative that built Lalor.[18][19]

Street names[edit]

Many Streets in Lalor were named by the Peter Lalor Home Building Co-operative Society after prominent civilian and military figures.[13][20][21][22][23]

Streets named after Australian Victoria Cross recipients are: Howell Street,[24] Kenna Drive,[25] Mackey Street,[26] Maxwell Street,[27] Middleton Street,[28] Newton Crescent,[29] Partridge Street,[30] Ruthven Crescent,[31] French Street,[32] Derrick Street,[33] Gratwick Street,[34] Chowne Street,[35] Edmondson Street.[36]


In 1954, Lalor Primary School was opened, reaching an enrolment of 1,000 by 1971, when a further three primary schools were founded.[12][37] Lalor North Primary School was established in 1971.[38] Lalor East Primary School was established in 1972.[39] Lalor West Primary was opened in 1973 and merged with Lalor Park Primary School in 2011 to form LalorGardens Primary School.[40][41]

Lalor Primary School was built on land owned by the Evans family and held its 50th anniversary in 2004. Several of the surrounding streets are named after members of the Evans family (Evans Street, Ruth Street).

Lalor has two Catholic primary schools: St. Luke's Primary School Lalor established 1961[42][43] and St Catherines Primary School established in 1983.[44]

Lalor also has three public secondary schools: Lalor Secondary College previously known as Lalor High School, established in 1963,[45] Peter Lalor College previously Lalor Technical School, established in 1968, closed in 2011 after a failed merger[46] and Lalor North Secondary College previously known as Lalor North High School, established in 1978.[47]


The Lalor Shopping Centre is located between Station Street and May Road, which parallel High Street—the main thoroughfare through Lalor—on the opposite side of the railway line. The land was previously owned by the Mann family. David Mann and his wife May (née Thomas, of Thomastown) who purchased it in 1920 and carried on a dairy farming until it was sold in 1954.[48][49] Retailers consist of many small specialty shops as well as Coles and Woolworths supermarkets.

The Mann farmhouse Bella Vista, stood just north of the Lalor Library in May Road.[49][50][51]

Lalor Library in May Road

Lalor Plaza in Mckimmies Rd and Lalor Hub in Kingsway Drive are small enclosed shopping malls located respectively in the eastern and western residential areas of the suburb.[49][52]

There are also a number of small shopping strips, including Rochdale Square Shops (named in commemoration of Rochdale the first town built on co-operative principles) located near the Lalor railway station.


Lalor is an ethnically diverse community. In 2006, 63.9% of the population spoke a non-English language at home compared to 32.3% who spoke English only. The dominant language, other than English, was Macedonian, with 13.0% of the population, or 2,532 people using this language. Other languages spoken include Italian (12.1%), Greek (9.6%), Arabic (8.3%), Vietnamese (4.9%), Turkish (2.5%), Punjabi (1.2%), Maltese (1.1%), Samoan (1.0%), Cantonese (1.0%).[53]

The Whittlesea Community Festival, celebrated since 1998, is held on the third Sunday in March in Lalor at the Whittlesea Public Gardens on Barry Rd, regularly attracting more than 15,000 people.[54][55]

St Lukes Church holds La Festa di San Donato (The Festival of San Donato) annually in August.[56][57][58][59]

Recreation and leisure[edit]

The main public spaces for active recreation include City of Whittlesea Gardens which provides access to Craigieburn Bypass Trail, Huskisson Avenue Reserve a favourite spot for picnicers, V.R.Michael Reserve, Partridge Street Reserve, Lalor Reserve and W.A.Smith/Sycamore Reserves along the Darebin Creek that provides a number of recreational facilities.[60]


Lalor has three local Australian Rules Football teams competing in the Northern Football League:[61]

Lalor has two tennis clubs:

The Lalor Bowling Club was established in 1962 and is located on the corner of Sydney Crescent & Gordon Street.[63]

The Lalor Stars Cricket Club was established in 1979 and is located at the W.A Smith Reserve in Darebin Drive.[64]

Golfers play at the course of the Lalor Golf Club on Gillwell Road.[65]

Lalor has a parkrun:

  • Lalor parkrun, established in April 2016 and is at 8am every Saturday at Whittlesea Public Gardens, Barry Rd, Lalor

parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and we encourage people of every ability to take part; from walkers or those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience; we welcome you all.


Lalor railway station and buses serve the suburb.

The Craigieburn Bypass Trail following the Hume Freeway runs to the west of the suburb providing facilities for recreational and commuting cyclists.

Further reading[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Lalor (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 June 2012.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Co-op Home Scheme At Thomastown.". The Argus. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. 14 February 1947. p. 20. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "The Premier lends a helping hand.". The Argus. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. 23 June 1947. p. 1. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Victoria Gazette, No. 28.-22 January 1947—Page 198
    NOTICE is hereby given that a society called "The Peter Lalor Home Building Cooperative Society Limited" is registered under the provisions of the above Act. Given under my hand, this sixteenth day of January 1947, A. E. RASMUSSEN, Registrar of Friendly Societies.
  5. ^ "WORTH Reporting.". The Australian Women's Weekly. 1933 – 1982: National Library of Australia. 17 April 1948. p. 18. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Key is give and take, Mr McVicar and his brother joined the Peter Lalor Home-Building Co-operative Society, building the home the couple have lived in for 60 years. 8 February 2011, by Melissa Merrett, Whittlesea Leader
  7. ^ "CO-OPERATIVE HOMES FOR EX-SERVICEMEN.". The Argus. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. 13 January 1947. p. 4. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Advertising.". The Argus. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. 23 January 1947. p. 12. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "NEWSREEL PEOPLE... PEOPLE... PLACES... EVENTS.". Western Mail. Perth: National Library of Australia. 15 April 1948. p. 8. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  10. ^ Thomastown & Lalor-WCF Areas-Whittlesea Community Futures
  11. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008 
  12. ^ a b Lalor-Place-eMelbourne-The Encyclopedia of Melbourne Online
  13. ^ a b Lalor overcame early set-back, 6 September 1977, The Age
  14. ^ Did You Know?: Foundation of the Mentone Fire Brigade Archived 18 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine., The Mentone station on the corner of Brindisi Street and Mentone Parade continued to serve the local community until 1956 when a new building was constructed..
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  16. ^ Epping's new fire brigade captain ready for challenge, 4 December 2008, by Saeed Saeed, Whittlesea Leader
  17. ^ $4.3m BUILDING PROGRAM FOR YOUNG DISABLED ADULTS—NAPTHINE, Saturday, 12 April 1997., LALOR. Whittlesea ATSS in Lalor will receive $50,000 towards the refurbishment of a house. Whittlesea ATSS redeveloped the old Lalor Fire Station into a community options day service and will now renovate the fire station house adjacent to expand the day service and cater initially for two consumers.
  18. ^ Stockade Park, Lalor, Fitzgerald Frisby Landscape Architecture
  19. ^ Stockade Reserve Yarra Plenty Regional Library
  20. ^ List of Australians Awarded the Victoria Cross, ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee (Queensland)
  21. ^ Lalor, Whittlesea Street Names – WikiNorthia
  22. ^ A Community portrait Lifetimes in the city of Whittlesea, by Robert Pascoe, 2001 page:144 ISBN 0-646-41288-4
  23. ^ A Country Viewpoint-John Waghorn, Lalor, Victoria., 30 August 2005, ABC Rural Bush Telegraph
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  27. ^ Victoria Cross Winner – Maxwell
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  37. ^ Lalor Primary School-School Profile
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  41. ^ Farewell to Lalor West school, 17 November 2009, by Mark Smith] Whittlesea Leader
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  43. ^ History of the parish, St Luke's Parish Web Site
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  48. ^ Lalor Traders Association Inc
  49. ^ a b c Recollections of Lalor Shopping Centre (1960-1995)-WikiNorthia
  50. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
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  52. ^ Lalor Hub shops left in lurch, 13 October 2009, by Mark Smith – Whittlesea Leader
  53. ^ City of Whittlesea Community Profile What language do we speak at home?. Retrieved 15 December 2011
  54. ^ Whittlesea, Mernda, Doreen Star, Community Celebrates, 15 March 2007. Retrieved 25 April 2011
  55. ^ City of Whittlesea Community Festival, When: Third Sunday in March, Come See Whitlesea
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  59. ^ La festa di San Donato, City of Whittlesea, Melbourne, Australia
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  61. ^ Full Points Footy, Northern Football League, retrieved 15 April 2009 
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  65. ^ Golf Select, Lalor, retrieved 11 May 2009 

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