Mitcham, Victoria

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Mitcham
MelbourneVictoria
Mitcham Post Office.jpg
Mitcham Post Office
Mitcham is located in Melbourne
Mitcham
Mitcham
Coordinates 37°49′05″S 145°11′49″E / 37.818°S 145.197°E / -37.818; 145.197Coordinates: 37°49′05″S 145°11′49″E / 37.818°S 145.197°E / -37.818; 145.197
Population 14,811 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 2,178/km2 (5,640/sq mi)
Established 1860s
Postcode(s) 3132
Area 6.8 km2 (2.6 sq mi)
Location 21 km (13 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s) City of Whitehorse
State electorate(s) Ringwood
Federal Division(s) Deakin
Suburbs around Mitcham:
Donvale Donvale Ringwood North
Nunawading Mitcham Ringwood
Forest Hill Vermont Ringwood

Mitcham is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 21 km east from Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Whitehorse. At the 2011 Census, Mitcham had a population of 14,811.

History[edit]

Mitcham was named after Mitcham Grove, a farm property that was owned by William Slater, who grew roses and herbs for perfumes and remedies.[2] From its settlement in the 1860s, the Mitcham area was generally used for orchards, brickmaking and pottery. Mitcham Post Office opened on 1 June 1884.

A Heatherdale Post Office opened in 1948 and closed in 1971. The Mitcham North Post Office opened in 1960.[3]

However, since the 1950s post war expansion, Mitcham has become a suburban area.

Demographics[edit]

In the 2011 census the population of Mitcham was 14,811, approximately 51.3% female and 48.7% male.

The median/average age of the people in Mitcham is 38 years of age.

68.6% of people living in the suburb of Mitcham were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were 4.2% China , 3.2% England, 2.3% India, 1.6% Malaysia, 1.4% New Zealand, 1.2% Vietnam, 1.2% Italy, 0.9% Hong Kong , 0.7% Scotland, 0.6% Sri Lanka, 0.6% Germany, 0.5% Indonesia, 0.5% Cambodia, 0.5% South Africa.

74.4% of people living in Mitcham speak English only. The other top languages spoken are 4.6% Mandarin, 3.8% Cantonese, 3.0% Language spoken at home not stated, 1.8% Italian, 1.5% Other, 1.0% Vietnamese, 0.8% Greek, 0.7% Punjabi, 0.7% Hindi.

The religious makeup of Mitcham is 29.8% No religion, 22.6% Catholic, 10.8% Anglican, 7.1% Religious affiliation not stated, 5.0% Uniting Church, 4.0% Buddhism, 3.5% Baptist, 2.9% Christian, nfd, 2.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, 2.0% Eastern Orthodox.

Facilities[edit]

The main shopping precinct is centered on the intersection of Whitehorse Road and Mitcham Road and features a supermarket, cafes, fast food outlets and speciality shops.

The main secondary school in Mitcham is Mullauna College, on the site of the old Mitcham High School.

Mitcham also has a number of parks and reserves, including:

  • Yarran Dheran, a bushland park, located on the banks of Mullum Mullum Creek.
  • Halliday Park, a public garden, which has a war memorial and large children's playground and is home to Bowls Victoria Premier Division's

Mitcham Bowling Club.

  • Walker Park, a sports reserve, which is home to Mitcham Cricket Club and Mitcham Football Club.
  • Antonio Park
  • Schwerkolt Cottage: Used to back onto Yarran Dheran via a track along the Mullum Mullum Creek.

Transport[edit]

The main north-south roads are Mitcham Road and Heatherdale Road. The main east-west road is Whitehorse Road (Maroondah Highway), which connects with the EastLink tolled freeway, which skirts the northern and eastern boundaries of the suburb.[4]

Mitcham has two railways stations; Mitcham and Heatherdale, both of which are on the Belgrave and Lilydale railway lines.

There are a number of bus routes, which link the suburb to surrounding areas. Many of these connect with Mitcham railway station.

Attractions[edit]

Schwerkolt Cottage

Schwerkolt Cottage is a pioneer cottage (circa 1880s), near the Yarran Dheran bushland park. The cottage and other buildings are now a local history museum. The cottage is surrounded by 2.25 hectares of gardens and bushland. The stone cottage has been restored to its original condition and furnished in a style of the period. The Opening Hours; Weekends and Public Holidays, 2.00pm-5.00pm and Group Tours by appointment on weekdays only.[5]

Schools[edit]

Movie history[edit]

Mitcham was a filming location for the world's first feature film, The Story of the Kelly Gang, which used the suburb in key scenes for the 1906 movie.

Sport[edit]

The suburb has an Australian Rules football team, the Mitcham Tigers, competing in the Eastern Football League.[6]

The Mitcham Connection[edit]

Mitcham was the home of comedian Dave O'Neil, The Volvos musicians Heynes Arms & AC Fanta, Sforzando (band) lead vocalist, poet and writer Quincy Hall, actor brothers Brett and Trevor Lewis, playwright Sandra Long, writer Michael McArthur, director James McArthur, sculptor Joanne Mott and abstract artist 'Egghatch'. These and other Mitcham-raised artists have become collectively known as the Mitcham Connection. During the 1996 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, several of the Mitcham Connection artists, namely Sandra Long, the McArthur brothers and Quincy Hall, collaborated with several other playwrights and stage directors to produce the extraordinary show To Go At Something Bald-Headed. The show was composed of four plays, including The Harry Blade Show, featuring AC Fanta, Torquil Neilson and Anthony Rive. The show was officially launched by Democrats Senator Lyn Allison.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Mitcham (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  2. ^ Australian Places - Mitcham
  3. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  4. ^ "Australia Map Guide". www.street-directory.com.au. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  5. ^ http://www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/Directory/S2_Item.asp?Mkey=310&S3Key=36
  6. ^ Full Point Footy, Eastern Football League, retrieved 2008-10-21 

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