Thornbury, Victoria

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Thornbury
Melbourne,  Victoria
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Thornbury
Coordinates 37°45′36″S145°00′25″E / 37.760°S 145.007°E / -37.760; 145.007 Coordinates: 37°45′36″S145°00′25″E / 37.760°S 145.007°E / -37.760; 145.007
Population18,568 (2016) [1]
 • Density3,570/km2 (9,250/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 3071
Area5.2 km2 (2.0 sq mi)
Location7 km (4 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s) City of Darebin
State electorate(s) Northcote
Federal Division(s) Cooper
Suburbs around Thornbury:
Coburg Preston Bellfield
Coburg Thornbury Ivanhoe
Brunswick East Northcote Fairfield

Thornbury ( Loudspeaker.svg original [nb 1] pronunciation ) is an inner suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 7 km north of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Darebin. At the 2016 census, Thornbury had a population of 18,568.

Melbourne City in Victoria, Australia

Melbourne is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Its name refers to an urban agglomeration of 2,080 km2 (800 sq mi), comprising a metropolitan area with 31 municipalities, and is also the common name for its city centre. The city occupies much of the coastline of Port Phillip bay and spreads into the hinterlands towards the Dandenong and Macedon ranges, Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley. It has a population of 5 million, and its inhabitants are referred to as "Melburnians".

Victoria (Australia) State in Australia

Victoria is a state in south-eastern Australia. Victoria is Australia's smallest mainland state and its second-most populous state overall, making it the most densely populated state overall. Most of its population lives concentrated in the area surrounding Port Phillip Bay, which includes the metropolitan area of its state capital and largest city, Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city. Victoria is bordered by Bass Strait and Tasmania to the south, New South Wales to the north, the Tasman Sea, to the east, and South Australia to the west.

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Thornbury is bordered by the Merri Creek to the west, and the Darebin Creek to the east. The heart of Thornbury is known as Thornbury Village, [2] and is located at the centre of Thornbury at the intersection of High Street and Normanby Avenue/Clarendon Street.

Merri Creek river in Victoria, Australia

The Merri Creek is a waterway in southern parts of Victoria, Australia, which flows through the northern suburbs of Melbourne. It begins near Wallan north of Melbourne and flows south for 70 km until it joins the Yarra River at Dights Falls. The area where the creek meets the river was traditionally the location for large gatherings of the Wurundjeri people and is suspected to have been the location for one of the earliest land treaties in Australia between Indigenous Australians and European settlers.

Darebin Creek river in Australia

Darebin Creek is a creek that runs through the northern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is the main watercourse of the Darebin Valley and a major tributary of the Yarra River. For tens of thousands of years it was used as a food and tool source sustainably by the Wurundjeri people, Indigenous Australians of the Kulin nation alliance, who spoke variations of the Woiwurrung language group.

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

Thornbury is shaped as a thin strip of land sandwiched between Northcote and Preston. Its east-west width being over six times greater than its north-south width. For 111 years Thornbury was part of the former City of Northcote Local Government Area, which existed from 1883 until June 1994. As such, Thornbury is universally understood to be a demographic and commercial satellite of Northcote, along with Westgarth, although the latter does not have its own postcode.

Northcote, Victoria Suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Northcote is an inner suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 6 km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. It is part of the local government area of the City of Darebin. At the 2016 Census, Northcote had a population of 24,561.

Preston, Victoria Suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Preston is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 9 km north from the Melbourne central business district. Its local government area is the City of Darebin. At the 2016 Census, Preston had a population of 32,851.

City of Northcote Local government area in Victoria, Australia

The City of Northcote was a local government area about 5 kilometres (3 mi) northeast of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The city covered an area of 17.62 square kilometres (6.80 sq mi), and existed from 1883 until 1994.

Industry

Thornbury has a long line of industry near Dundas street (the border between Thornbury and Preston) and Station street. It consists mainly of warehouses and scrap metal yards, with a few metal recycling centres and factories.

Transport

Thornbury is well served by public transport, with Thornbury station on the Mernda railway line, and two tram lines: services along High Street (tram route 86) connecting to the Bundoora Campus of RMIT to the City, and along St Georges Road (tram route 11) from Miller Street, past the Preston Tram Workshops (New Preston Depot) and on to the City and Docklands.

Thornbury railway station, Melbourne railway station in Thornbury, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Thornbury railway station is located on the Mernda line, in Victoria, Australia. It serves the north-eastern Melbourne suburb of Thornbury, and opened on 8 October 1889.

The Mernda railway line is a commuter rail passenger train service in Melbourne, Australia. It operates between Flinders Street in the Melbourne central business district and Mernda through the northern suburbs including East Melbourne, Richmond, Abbotsford, Clifton Hill, Fitzory North, Northcote, Preston, Reservoir, Thomastown, Lalor, Epping, South Morang and Mernda. The service is part of the Public Transport Victoria metropolitan rail network.

Melbourne tram route 86 Tram route in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Melbourne tram route 86 is operated by Yarra Trams on the Melbourne tram network. It operates from Bundoora RMIT to Waterfront City Docklands. The route is operated by B and E class trams from Preston depot.

The Merri Creek Trail and Darebin Creek Trail run on the west and east boundaries of Thornbury and are popular shared-use recreational paths used by cyclists and walkers.

Merri Creek Trail

The Merri Creek Trail is a shared use path for cyclists and pedestrians that follows the Merri Creek through the northern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Darebin Creek Trail

The Darebin Creek Trail is a shared use path for cyclists and pedestrians which follows Darebin Creek in the inner and outer northern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Geology

Thornbury geology mainly consists of Silurian sedimentary rocks of the Melbourne (formerly Dargile) Formation. River sediments overlay parts of the folded Silurian rocks, especially near Merri Creek and Darebin Creek that represent the western and eastern borders of the suburb respectively.

Commerce

The main commercial area in Thornbury is the High Street shopping strip, centred on Thornbury Village. Smaller shopping precincts are to be found on sections of St Georges Road, Wales Street and Station Street. The Northcote Pottery, founded in 1897 at Clyde Street, was closed in 2007. [3]

Nightlife and culture

Thornbury is home to many bars and night spots, including Kitty Somerset, Tago Mago, The Thornbury Local, Cactus Room, Lentil as Anything, The Thornbury Hotel, Welcome To Thornbury, The Thornbury Theatre, an art house cinema, and the Croxton Park Hotel which often features overseas touring artists. It also has a large alternative music culture which is evident in some of the independent music stores found on High Street such as Thornbury Records.

From about 2012 onwards, Thornbury has seen new bars, cafes and restaurants appear along the northern end of High St.

Sporting facilities

The Darebin International Sports Centre (DISC) is located in the John Cain Memorial Reserve, near the Darebin Creek in Thornbury. The Darebin International Sports Centre is the home of the Football Federation Victoria, the State Football Centre (soccer), the State Lawn Bowls Centre and the State Cycling Centre, a velodrome with a 250m indoor timber cycling track. The Northcote Public Golf Course, run by the Northcote Golf Club is located near the Merri Creek. It is also home to Flinders Park and the Holy Trinity Cricket Club (HTCC).

Educational facilities

Public open spaces

Notable residents

See also

Notes

  1. Since the 1960s, the vast majority of Melburnians pronounce the name phonetically. The 'h' is no longer silent, and there is more stress placed upon the 'o'.

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References

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Thornbury (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 July 2017. OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
  2. Thornbury Village Precinct as recognised by the City of Darebin
  3. Darebin Historical Society
  4. Strettle Wetland Reserve web page on Darebin Community Portal
  5. http://www.northcotegolfclub.com/clubhistory.htm
  6. Penders Park web page on Darebin Community Portal
  7. Darebin Thornbury website on clyde jones reserve:http://www.darebin.org/Directory/Agency.aspx?Mkey=493&S3Key=729