Thomastown, Victoria

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Thomastown
MelbourneVictoria
Thomastown is located in Melbourne
Thomastown
Thomastown
Coordinates 37°40′55″S 145°00′50″E / 37.682°S 145.014°E / -37.682; 145.014Coordinates: 37°40′55″S 145°00′50″E / 37.682°S 145.014°E / -37.682; 145.014
Population 20,331 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 1,383/km2 (3,582/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 3074
Area 14.7 km2 (5.7 sq mi)
Location 17 km (11 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s) City of Whittlesea
State electorate(s) Thomastown
Federal Division(s)
Suburbs around Thomastown:
Campbellfield Lalor Mill Park
Campbellfield Thomastown Bundoora
Fawkner Reservoir Bundoora

Thomastown is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 17 km and approximately 30 minutes north of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Whittlesea. At the 2011 census, Thomastown had a population of 20,331.

Thomastown is known for sharing its area with Westgarthtown, a historical settlement.

History and development[edit]

Thomastown came into existence in 1848 when the John Honniball Thomas and Mary née Hartnell family bought 106 acres, the land north of Melbourne for market gardening. Two years later, William Westgarth bought land north of Thomas' holding, which he made way for German settlers. Thomastown Post Office opened on 9 June 1862.[2] The Thomastown area attracted lots of farmers and horse-racing until World War II. In 1889, the Epping railway line opened and milk production and distribution grew during the 1930s when a German dairying family formed the Pura Dairy, ultimately to expand into Preston and became Metropolitan Dairies Pty. Ltd. In 1947, a housing co-operative was formed 2 km. north in the suburb of Lalor. It wasn't long before residential development began at Thomastown. While German settlers already call this area home, more settlers moved in, mostly Italians, Macedonians and Greek. In 1961 St. Clare's Primary School opened, followed by Thomastown Secondary College and then Thomastown West Primary School.

Thomastown Today[edit]

Thomastown has a strip shopping centre in High Street parallel to the Thomastown Railway Station, a shopping centre corner of Edgars Road and Main Street and shops on Settlement Road and Dalton Road, plus various shopping strips east of the train station. Thomastown Secondary College is located on Main Street, adjacent to Thomastown West Primary School, Thomastown Recreational and Aquatic Centre (TRAC) and Thomastown Library. Thomastown East has a grid street configuration, predating the later configuration in Thomastown West which protects residential streets from through traffic. On the south of Thomastown there are numerous factories and an electricity terminal station, near the Metropolitan Ring Road / Northern Ring Road. There is also the Hume Freeway which is West of Thomastown.

Eastern side of Thomastiown Station in June 2012

The Galada Tamboore Path to the west and the Metropolitan Ring Road Trail to the south provide facilities for recreational and commuting cyclists. Edgars Creek and the Edgars Creek Trail runs along a linear park which is next to a reserve with ovals.

Each year around March the community unite for the annual Whittlesea Community festival, a festival that showcases local culture through live entertainment, food stalls, hand made crafts and fireworks finale. The festival is held at the Barry Road parklands in Thomastown.

Thomastown is also the home to Select Harvests corporate offices and one of its two almond processing plants.[3]

Thomastown Station[edit]

Thomastown Station opened on 23 December 1889 was Originally a Single Platform Railway Station which is located on High Street between Main Street and Spring Street. Thomastown Station has direct link to the City via the South Morang Line. In recent years Thomastown Station was upgraded which brought 2 Railway Platforms instead of the old 1 Platform, 310 Parking Spaces for Cars, a Pedestrian Overpass to Cross over to the Second Platform as well as Lifts for the disabled and New Myki Card Systems which would replace the old Train Tickets.

Sport[edit]

Thomastown has 5 Sporting Ovals scattered to each side of Thomastown Such As the Nick Ascenzo Park Located off Boronia Street, Thomastown East Recreational Reserve Located Off Rowen Street, HR Uren Reserve Located Next to Victoria Drive, West RGC Cook Reserve Located on Robinvale Avenue and Main Street Recreational Reserve which is Located Next to Edgars Creek and TRAC. There is also a Thomastown Football Club, an Australian Rules football team, which competes in the Northern Football League.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Thomastown (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008 
  3. ^ "Thomastown Operations". Select Harvests. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Full Points Footy, Northern Football League, retrieved 15 April 2009 

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