South Kingsville, Victoria

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South Kingsville
MelbourneVictoria
South Kingsville is located in Melbourne
South Kingsville
South Kingsville
Coordinates 37°49′08″S 144°52′23″E / 37.819°S 144.873°E / -37.819; 144.873Coordinates: 37°49′08″S 144°52′23″E / 37.819°S 144.873°E / -37.819; 144.873
Population 1,830 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 3,050/km2 (7,900/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 3015
Area 0.6 km2 (0.2 sq mi)
Location 8 km (5 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s) City of Hobsons Bay
State electorate(s) Williamstown
Federal Division(s) Gellibrand
Suburbs around South Kingsville:
Yarraville Yarraville Spotswood
Altona North South Kingsville Spotswood
Altona North Newport Newport

South Kingsville is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 8 km south-west of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Hobsons Bay. At the 2011 Census, South Kingsville had a population of 1,830.

The suburb is shaped as a right-angled triangle, bounded by New Street in the west, Blackshaws Road in the south, with the Newport-Sunshine railway line as a hypotenuse. Neighbouring suburbs include Newport, Yarraville, Altona North and Spotswood.

South Kingsville is approximately 10 minutes by car from Melbourne CBD via the West Gate Freeway and a 19 minute train journey using nearby Spotswood railway station.

History[edit]

Development in Spotswood and South Kingsville began around the mid 1800s. In the 1840s, John Stewart Spotswood purchased 119 acres and began a dairy farm.[2] The area of South Kingsville was originally called the Birmingham Estate and was subdivided in the 1880s, although it did not fully develop until after World War II; Kingsville South Post Office opening on 2 February 1948 (It closed in 1978).[3] This area had been re-zoned multiple times, being initially part of the Shire of Wyndham, later renamed Werribee, then from 1941 part of the City of Footscray, and finally, from 1996, part of Hobsons Bay.[4]

Today[edit]

Edwards Reserve in Brunel Street, South Kingsville, has one oval that is used for soccer and cricket. The reserve also has clubrooms, cricket nets, a basketball key, barbecue/picnic area and a children's playground.

The suburb is the home of the 5th Footscray Scout group, part of Scouts Australia - Kariwara District. The group meets in a private hall and is open to youth aged 6 to 26 years.

Vernon St is the shopping strip of the suburb, with local favourites including a lounge style café/restaurant/tapas bar,[5] Italian[6] and Indian[7] offerings. The street is also the location of Westgate Health Co-op, which is Australia’s first-ever community medical co-operative.[8] South Kingsville Community Centre is on the nearby Paxton St. [9] providing a multitude of services to the community, such as: Pre School[10] and Occasional Childcare Care facilities, Adult Education Courses, community activities and free access to computers and internet.

See also[edit]

  • City of Footscray - the former local government area of which South Kingsville was a part

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