Thomastown, Victoria

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Thomastown
Melbourne,  Victoria
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Thomastown
Coordinates 37°40′55″S145°00′50″E / 37.682°S 145.014°E / -37.682; 145.014 Coordinates: 37°40′55″S145°00′50″E / 37.682°S 145.014°E / -37.682; 145.014
Population20,523 (2016) [1]
 • Density1,396/km2 (3,616/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 3074
Area14.7 km2 (5.7 sq mi)
Location17 km (11 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s) City of Whittlesea
State electorate(s) Thomastown
Federal Division(s) Scullin
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 2016 census, Thomastown had a population of 20,523.

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

Westgarthtown, Victoria

Westgarthtown is a heritage registered precinct located within the Melbourne suburbs of Thomastown and Lalor, in Victoria, Australia.

Town settlement that is bigger than a village but smaller than a city

A town is a human settlement. Towns are generally larger than villages but smaller than cities, though the criteria to distinguish them vary considerably between different parts of the world.

History and development

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 Greeks. In 1961 St. Clare's Primary School opened, followed by Thomastown Secondary College and then Thomastown West Primary School.

William Westgarth was a Scottish-born merchant, historian, statistician and politician in Australia. Westgarth was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council, and, later, the Victorian Legislative Council.

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World War II 1939–1945, between Axis and Allies

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Thomastown Today

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 which is managed by Yarra Plenty Regional 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.

There are several High Streets in Melbourne, Australia, but the two best known are:

Thomastown railway station, Melbourne railway station in Thomastown, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Thomastown railway station is located on the Mernda line, in Victoria, Australia. It serves the north-eastern Melbourne suburb of Thomastown, and opened on 23 December 1889. A completely redeveloped Thomastown station was opened in late 2011.

Yarra Plenty Regional Library (YPRL) provides a public library service to the local government municipalities of the City of Banyule, Shire of Nillumbik and City of Whittlesea in the northeast of Melbourne Australia. There are nine branch libraries, a mobile library and outreach van. It is an independent legal entity with an executive management team which is responsible for day-to-day operations of the organisation. It is managed by the Yarra Plenty Regional Library Board made of two representatives (councillors) of the three municipalities that constitute the service. Its role is to set the policy and direction for the regional library service. The library is administered from its Library Support Services (LSS) located at PRACC North at the City of Whittlesea Civic Centre, Sth Morang. The library service covers an area of 988.4 km² including metropolitan, urban fringe and rural populations.

Eastern side of Thomastown Station in June 2012 Thomastown railway station, Melbourne.jpg
Eastern side of Thomastown 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.

Craigieburn Bypass Trail

The Craigieburn Bypass Trail, is a shared use path for cyclists and pedestrians in the outer northern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. In 2008 it was given the local name of the Galada Tamboore Pathway - Wurundjeri for "creek waterhole" or "stream waterhole" - as it goes past the Craigieburn, Cooper street and Galada Tamboore grasslands which are all nationally significant for their plains grassland and riparian habitat for endangered and vulnerable native fauna and flora, including the critically endangered Golden Sun Moth.

The Western Ring Road Trail is a shared use path for cyclists and pedestrians that bridges the northern suburbs and follows the Western Ring Road freeway in Melbourne, Australia. It intercepts many other paths making possible a large variety of circuits for the recreational cyclist.

The Edgars Creek Trail is a shared use path for cyclists and pedestrians in the suburb of Thomastown, an inner northern suburb of Melbourne, Victoria.

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

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 Mernda line. In 2011, 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

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]

Books on Thomastown

Jones, Michael Nature's Plenty: a history of the City of Whittlesea, Sydney, N.S.W. Allen & Unwin, 1992 ISBN   1863730761

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References

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Thomastown (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 July 2017. OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
  2. Premier Postal History, Post Office List, archived from the original on 10 May 2008, retrieved 11 April 2008
  3. "Thomastown Operations". Select Harvests. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  4. Full Points Footy, Northern Football League , retrieved 15 April 2009