|Population||8,419 (2016 census)|
|• Density||1,238/km2 (3,207/sq mi)|
|Area||6.8 km2 (2.6 sq mi)|
|Location||11 km (7 mi) from Melbourne|
|LGA(s)||City of Moonee Valley|
Strathmore is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and is situated approximately 11 km north-west of Melbourne's central business district. Strathmore is part of the City of Moonee Valley local government area. At the 2016 Census, Strathmore had a population of 8,419.
The Tullamarine Freeway divides the suburb into northern and southern halves. When the freeway was upgraded by CityLink in the late 1990s, noise barriers were installed, which at the time of installation some residents feared would be like a 'Berlin Wall'.
The first land sales in the area of Strathmore were made in 1843 and 1845 in the Parish of Doutta Galla. Major Frederick Berkley St John was the purchaser of the Strathmore North area (Section 23). The other major purchaser (Section 15, Parish of Doutta Galla) covering the Strathmore area was Edward Jones Brewster. Both made significant fortunes from land speculation.
Brewster subdivided and sold 100 acres (400,000 m²) of land to Thomas Napier, who occupied the land and left a lasting legacy to the area – the origin of its name. The area of Strathmore was originally called North Essendon. The name of "Strathmore" was first suggested by the Rev. John Sinclair in 1936 and was initially adopted by the church. The name was derived from Thomas Napier's Scottish heritage, the Valley of Strathmore, Scotland close to where he once lived. The name was submitted to Essendon Council in 1943. In 1955 the Victorian Railways changed the name of the station from North Essendon to Strathmore. Strathmore Post Office opened on 1 October 1953.
As a relatively unknown suburb, Strathmore's profile has been enhanced considerably following the construction of the Direct Factory Outlet shopping complex in December 2005 which is located on the Bulla Road turnoff on the Tullamarine Freeway next to Essendon Airport. The DFO, while enhancing Strathmore's profile and boosting the local economy, has resulted in heavy traffic. As a response new traffic lights have been installed on the complex intersection and nearby streets have been blocked to prevent spillover parking during busy periods.
Napier Park is a 10-acre (40,000 m²) block bounded by Woodland and Napier Streets, Noble Avenue and Glenbervie Road. It was donated to Essendon Council in 1920 by Theodore Napier, the son of Thomas Napier. It is a carefully preserved woodland block which gives visitors an idea of what the Strathmore Area was like prior to European Settlement. The park includes a stand of River Red Gums (Eucalyptus Camaldulensis). These trees are protected under the National Register of Significant Trees. There is only one other such stand of Redgums in the Melbourne area.
Boeing Reserve is a large reserve in Strathmore Heights, with two cricket ovals, three AFL ovals and a baseball field. The reserve takes up much of the suburb of Strathmore Heights, and has a large, wooden sculpture at the south end, it also has a function centre, football/cricket/baseball clubrooms, a toilet, drinking taps, several tracks and a playground, as well as a lot of open grass areas.
Other important landmarks are Essendon Airport, Moonee Valley Railway Viaduct, Tullamarine Freeway and the Moonee Ponds Creek.
Former Premier John Brumby is a resident of Strathmore.
Cyclists have easy access to the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail along the Moonee Ponds Creek.
There is also a bus line running from Airport West all the way to Essendon Station through Strathmore.
The area contains several schools, including Strathmore Primary School, Strathmore North Primary, St Vincent De Paul Catholic School and Strathmore Secondary College.
- John Brumby - 45th Premier of Victoria
- City of Essendon – A former Local Government Area which Strathmore was apart of.
- City of Broadmeadows - A former Local Government Area which Strathmore was apart of.