Scoresby, Victoria

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For the English explorer and scientist, see William Scoresby.
Scoresby is located in Melbourne
Coordinates 37°53′38″S 145°14′02″E / 37.894°S 145.234°E / -37.894; 145.234Coordinates: 37°53′38″S 145°14′02″E / 37.894°S 145.234°E / -37.894; 145.234
Population 5,892 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 627/km2 (1,623/sq mi)
Established 1870s
Postcode(s) 3179
Area 9.4 km2 (3.6 sq mi)
Location 29 km (18 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s) City of Knox
State electorate(s) Rowville
Federal Division(s) Aston
Suburbs around Scoresby:
Wantirna South Wantirna South Knoxfield
Glen Waverley Scoresby Knoxfield
Wheelers Hill Rowville Rowville

Scoresby is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 29 km east of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Knox. At the 2011 census, Scoresby had a population of 5,892.[1]

In the Parish system of Victoria (mainly used with land-ownership documents) the local parish is called Scoresby, a part of the County of Mornington.


The area of Scoresby was surveyed in 1857, and named after the Arctic explorer William Scoresby. Scoresby had died the previous year, shortly after his visit to the colony to experiment with terrestrial magnetism near the area which now carries his name. A township developed in the 1870s around the intersection of Stud Road and Ferntree Gully Road. A school was established in 1872, followed by a Methodist church. Once the swampy ground was drained, market gardens were established. Scoresby Post Office opened on 20 January 1890, closed in 1979 and reopened in 1984 as the suburb grew.[2]

Following the First World War, George Hodges Knox settled and established an orchard in Scoresby. He later became a member of Parliament, and was knighted. The City of Knox is named after him.

During the 1950s the market garden industry grew. Scoresby became the Brussels sprout capital of Victoria. In 1959 subdivision of the market gardens began.

Present day[edit]

Scoresby contains a number of extensive industrial estates which are home to a variety of major national and international corporations including Nintendo's Australian headquarters.

Caribbean Gardens, an entertainment precinct and market, is open every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The precinct is centered on Caribbean Lake, which was built for the testing of boats by the boat manufacturer Caribbean Boats. Activities at Caribbean Gardens include buying and selling of all kinds of products, eating, drinking, walking around, music played by bands and computer swap meets. Another popular "Caribbean" place in Scoresby is Caribbean Roller Skating Rink.

There are two primary schools in the area, state school Scoresby Primary School and private school [St. Judes]. The secondary education provider in Scoresby is Scoresby Secondary College.

Scoresby has a weather station which collects data for the Bureau of Meteorology. It commenced readings in 1948 and is situated at Latitude 37.87°S and Longitude 145.26°E at an elevation of 80m above sea level. The site name is the Scoresby Research Institute and its site number is 086104,[3] however it is not actually based in Scoresby, but in the suburb of Knoxfield. It has a 95% rate of accuracy in regards to measuring rainfall.[4] Hourly weather observations taken from Scoresby can be viewed from the Bureau of Meteorology website.

Scoresby village is the main shopping precinct in Scoresby. It includes a supermarket and many other small stores, hair dressers and other services. These stores are arranged around a central carpark with the local football field behind.


The suburb has an Australian Rules football team, The Scoresby Magpies, competing in the Eastern Football League.[5]

Scoresby/Ferndale CC.[6] are also located in the suburb of Scoresby, and play their home games out of Exner Reserve.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Scoresby (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
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  5. ^ Full Point Footy, Eastern Football League, retrieved 2008-10-21 
  6. ^ Scoresby/Ferndale CC, retrieved 2009-10-20