Middle Park, Victoria

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Middle Park
MelbourneVictoria
Middle Park Hotel.jpg
Middle Park Hotel (formerly Gunn Island Hotel), on the corner of Canterbury Road and Armstrong Street
Middle Park is located in Melbourne
Middle Park
Middle Park
Coordinates 37°51′07″S 144°57′47″E / 37.85194°S 144.96306°E / -37.85194; 144.96306Coordinates: 37°51′07″S 144°57′47″E / 37.85194°S 144.96306°E / -37.85194; 144.96306
Population 4,058 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 4,510/km2 (11,700/sq mi)
Established 1870s
Postcode(s) 3206
Area 0.9 km2 (0.3 sq mi)
Location 5 km (3 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s) City of Port Phillip
State electorate(s) Albert Park
Federal Division(s) Melbourne Ports
Suburbs around Middle Park:
Albert Park South Melbourne South Yarra
Middle Park South Yarra
Hobsons Bay St Kilda West

Middle Park is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 4 km south of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Port Phillip. At the 2011 Census, Middle Park had a population of 4,058.

It is located between Port Phillip and Albert Park Lake, which is about halfway across the western side of the Albert Park Reserve (a state park), hence the name "Middle" Park.

It is bordered by Canterbury Road to the east, Mills Street to the north, Fraser Street to the south and Beaconsfield Parade to the west.

Middle Park, along with neighbouring Albert Park, contains some of the best preserved terrace house and Victorian architecture in Melbourne and is part of a strict heritage-conservation area. Many of the terraces line Canterbury Road, along the former railway line, which now has several more tram light rail stops since it was converted to tram use in 1987. Others are along the main shopping street, Armstrong Street. The fine old buildings and development restrictions in the area and new developments are generally sympathetic to the prevailing style, driving up real-estate prices dramatically, in marked contrast with neighbouring St Kilda. Recent media reports (Oct 13) state that the mean average income of Middle Park residents is over $100,000 PA with most adults working. The wide street make Middle Park ideal for angle car parking in contrast to other parts of Melbourne. The largest "religious" group in Middle Park and adjoining suburbs is the no religion group (ABS Censis 2011) however Middle Park was the most charitable suburb in Melbourne according to a recent media report.

Demographics[edit]

In Middle Park 71.0% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were England 5.1%, Greece 3.2%, New Zealand 2.5%, Italy 1.1% and United States of America 1.1%.

Notable residents[edit]

  • Thomas Ashworth (1864–1935) - publicist, property developer, benefactor; Ashworth Street named after him [2]
  • Albert Aughtie (1872–1944) - South Melbourne city engineer between 1901–42; responsible for many public works projects in the area; Aughtie Drive named after him
  • William Carter (unknown dates) - an old and respected resident who conducted a florist's business and hot-house in Ferrars Street opposite the South Melbourne Railway Station; Carter Street named after him
  • John Danks (1828–1902) - businessman, manufacturer, councillor, benefactor; Danks Street named after him [3]
  • Ernest Roy England (1896–1978) - Anzac soldier noted for his heroic feats during World War One [birthplace] [4]
  • Alexander Fraser (1802–1888) - businessman, councillor, politician; Fraser Street named after him [5]
  • Renée Geyer (1953–present) - singer, highly regarded in R&B/Jazz/Soul genres; ARIA Award winner and Hall of Fame inductee
  • Robert McGregor (1825–1883) - politician; born in Scotland; founded the first secondary school in South Melbourne; McGregor Street named after him
  • Robert Mills (1826–1911) - hotelier, estate agent, councillor, mayor; born in Ireland; Mills Street named after him
  • James Neville (1861–1942) - architect, councillor; born in Port Melbourne; Neville Street named after him
  • John Nimmo (1819–1904) - surveyor, businessman, councillor; born in Scotland; first city surveyor of Emerald Hill; involved in the separation of Emerald Hill from the Melbourne City Council in May 1855; Nimmo Street named after him [6]
  • James Page (1835–1912) - auctioneer and estate agent; was one of the first residents of Emerald Hill; Page Street named after him
  • Esther Paterson (1892–1971) - artist, illustrator, cartoonist; her works are shown at the Australian War Memorial Canberra and The National Gallery of Victoria [7]
  • Guy Pearce (1967–present) - actor, musician; breakout acting role was 'Mike Young' in the Australian television series Neighbours
  • Robert Wright (1838–1912) - builder, councillor, mayor; Wright Street named after him
  • The Parker Sisters (Pat (1918-2009) Marie (1920-1979) & Eula (1923-1985) - Singer/ songwriters, WW2 Australian radio and live entertainers - they modelled their style on the U.S. Boswell Sisters.

Landmarks[edit]

  • Middle Park Hotel is a large Victorian hotel building on the corner of Canterbury Road and Armstrong Street. Built in 1889, it features wrought-iron lacework. The building was modified in the 1950s: decorative urns were removed, new doors were added, and windows were bricked up. Following a refurbishment in 2001, it was renamed the Gunn Island Hotel, in a reference to the island within nearby Albert Park Lake. Following another refurbishment in 2009, the hotel resumed trading under its original name.[8] It provides bars, dining and accommodation facilities.
  • Carmelite Roman Catholic Church
  • Middle Park Primary School
  • Jackson's on Middle Park (bed and breakfast)

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Middle Park (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ashworth, Thomas Ramsden (1864–1935)" Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University
  3. ^ "Danks, John (1828–1902)" Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University
  4. ^ "England, Ernest Roy (1896–1978)" Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University
  5. ^ "Fraser, Alexander (1802–1888)" Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University
  6. ^ "Nimmo, John (1819–1904)" Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University
  7. ^ "Paterson, Esther (1892–1971)" Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University
  8. ^ [1]. Retrieved 23 February 2010

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