Newtown, Victoria

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For the locality in Golden Plains Shire, see Newtown, Victoria (Golden Plains Shire).
Newtown
GeelongVictoria
Population 9,580 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 3220
LGA(s) City of Greater Geelong
State electorate(s) Geelong
Federal Division(s) Corio
Suburbs around Newtown:
Fyansford and Herne Hill Manifold Heights and Geelong West Geelong CBD
Highton Newtown South Geelong
Highton Belmont Belmont

Newtown is an inner western suburb of Geelong, Victoria, Australia. It is a primarily residential area occupying one of the highest points of urban Geelong, has always been a desirable place of residence and it is the location of many of Geelong's oldest and most valuable properties.

The locality of Chilwell is part of Newtown, and together Newtown and Chilwell were a municipality from 1858 to 1993 after which they were amalgamated with other municipalities to form the City of Greater Geelong in 1993.

History[edit]

Queens Park, on the Barwon River, 1866.
Fairview Ave, Newtown, 1955.

Chilwell Post Office opened here on 1 April 1912 (closing in 1993). Bareena Post Office opened in 1911 in the area and remains open.[2]

The Geelong Highland Gathering is an annual Highland Games held at Queens Park and first began in the 1850s.

Heritage listed sites[edit]

Newtown contains a number of heritage listed sites, including:

Sport and Recreation[edit]

Queens Park is also the home ground for the Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club, the most successful team in the Geelong Cricket Association in terms of senior premierships won. The club uses both Stinton Oval (turf) and Shaw Oval (hard wicket). The Queens Park Sporting Complex is currently being refurbished by the City of Greater Geelong and will greatly improve both playing and social facilities for the club. Famous cricketers who played for Newtown include the young Lindsay Hassett, Aaron Finch and Ian Redpath. Bob Merriman, the former Chairman of Cricket Australia, began his administrative career at Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club.

The suburb is also home to the Geelong Amateur Football Club who also use Stinton Oval during the winter months. They play in the Bellarine Football League.

The suburb in conjunction with neighbouring area Chilwell has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Geelong Football League, as also does Saint Josephs.[19]

Queens Park, located on the Barwon River is home to the picturesque 18 hole Queens Park Golf Course, located in a valley between Fyansford, Highton and Newtown.

Parks and Open Space[edit]

Newtown has several significant parks, including Queens Park, Balyang Sanctuary, Chilwell Gardens, Windmill Reserve, Fyans Park, Zillah Crawcour Park and Frier Reserve.

Education[edit]

Sacred Heart College on Retreat Road

Newtown is home to three private high schools in the Geelong area, Sacred Heart College (an all-girls school), St. Josephs College (an all-boys school) and The Geelong College.

Transport[edit]

Like the rest of Geelong, the main form of transport in Newtown is the automobile. Main roads include Latrobe Terrace, Pakington Street, West Fyans Street, Shannon Avenue and Queens Park Road.

The closest railway stations to the suburb are Geelong and South Geelong.

The following bus routes serve the suburb:

  • Route 22 - to Geelong and to North Shore. Every 20 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends.
  • Route 24 - to Geelong and to North Geelong. Every 40 minutes on weekdays and weekends.
  • Route 25 - to Geelong and to Bell Post Hill. Every 20 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends.
  • Route 43 - to Geelong and to Waurn Ponds. Every 40 minutes on weekdays and weekends.

Notable people from Newtown[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Newtown (Statistical Area)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  3. ^ "Baptist Church (H0427)". Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Armytage House (H0405)". Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Barwon Bank (H0425)". Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Barwon Grange (H1102)". Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Claremont (H1127)". Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Former Baptist Church (H0426)". Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Geelong College (H0883)". Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "Eythorne (H1130)". Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Keyham (H1128)". Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "Miharo (H1137)". Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "Milton (H1164)". Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "Noble Street Uniting Church, Hall and Kindergarten (H1158)". Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  15. ^ "Rannoch House (H1165)". Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "Sacred Heart Convent and College (H0555)". Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  17. ^ "St Leonards (H1174)". Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  18. ^ "The Heights (H0429)". Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  19. ^ Full Points Footy, Newtown and Chilwell, archived from the original on January 7, 2009, retrieved 2008-07-25 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°09′00″S 144°19′59″E / 38.15°S 144.333°E / -38.15; 144.333