Osborne Park, Western Australia

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Osborne Park
PerthWestern Australia
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Osborne Park Shopping Centre
Osborne Park is located in Perth
Osborne Park
Osborne Park
Coordinates31°53′53″S 115°48′43″E / 31.898°S 115.812°E / -31.898; 115.812Coordinates: 31°53′53″S 115°48′43″E / 31.898°S 115.812°E / -31.898; 115.812
Population4,047 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density794/km2 (2,055/sq mi)
Postcode(s)6017
Area5.1 km2 (2.0 sq mi)
Location8 km (5 mi) NW of Perth CBD
LGA(s)City of Stirling
State electorate(s)Balcatta, Scarborough
Federal Division(s)Stirling, Curtin
Suburbs around Osborne Park:
Innaloo Stirling Balcatta
Woodlands Osborne Park Tuart Hill and Joondanna
Herdsman Glendalough Mount Hawthorn

Osborne Park is a suburb of Perth, Western Australia in the local government area of the City of Stirling.

History[edit]

Osborne Park was named after William Osborne, a butcher who owned an abattoir and land on Wanneroo Road and who was elected to the Perth Road Board (the City of Stirling's predecessor), in 1875.[2]

Osborne Park was part of an original crown grant of 6,020 acres given to T. R. C. Walters in 1840. After the death of Walters in 1874, William Osborne bought part of his estate, which included the area now known as Osborne Park.

The suburb was originally market gardens, due to rich peaty soil from the swamps between Lake Monger and Herdsman Lake.[3] The area was popular among Chinese, Italian and Yugoslav settlers.[4] The suburb was founded by a private trading concern and had a tram service in the early 1900s through an extension of the Perth tram system from the end of the Leederville line.[3] The suburb is now served by Glendalough train station on the Joondalup line.

Osborne Park became a residential suburb after World War II, but by the 1980s, it was predominantly an industrial area, with only the north-eastern area still residential.[4]

At present[edit]

Many warehouses, car yards and small businesses are located in Osborne Park, as well as larger retailers such as Harvey Norman, Officeworks, JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys (Australian company), IGA (formerly Supa Valu and Action Supermarkets). Scarborough Beach Road consists of the largest car yard precinct in Australia.

Main Street in Osborne Park is the Cafe, Shopping and Business strip hosting Cafes and Restaurants such as Caffe Amaretto, Little Lebanon Restaurant, Siderno Caffe & Ristorante and Posto Matto. The Osborne Park shopping centre consists of major tenant IGA, Australia Post, Montello Gourmet Deli, Sondrea Espresso, Jean_Pierre's Prime Meats Butcher, Osborne Park Newsagency, Thip Mens Hair Design and Shoe Repairs/Cobbler. Next to the Osborne Park Shopping Centre is a family owned Osborne Park Hotel/Pub/Restaurant and Harry Brownes Liquor Store and Drive through Bottle Mart.

Sporting Groups[edit]

Osborne Park is home to many sporting groups, most notably the Collingwood Crew Cycling Team that was established in 2013. The Collingwood Crew can be seen many mornings a week leaving at 5.15am from their team workshop in Collingwood Street before riding out to many Perth suburbs before their return to the heartland for short macchiatos. The Collingwood Crew is frequently led by one of the founding members Roberto Pafumi taking control of the peloton, with the self-appointed 'General' Alexander Milankov responsible for enforcing his own law and order on the group.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Osborne Park (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 July 2012. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of metropolitan suburb names – O". Retrieved 2008-03-02.
  3. ^ a b Battye (Ed.), J.S. (1912). The Cyclopedia of Western Australia 1912-1913. Perth, Western Australia: The Cyclopedia Company. ISBN 978-1-921081-38-5.
  4. ^ a b "Suburbs: Osborne Park". City of Stirling. Retrieved 2008-03-02.