Watsonia, Victoria

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Watsonia
Melbourne,  Victoria
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Watsonia
Coordinates 37°42′29″S145°04′59″E / 37.708°S 145.083°E / -37.708; 145.083 Coordinates: 37°42′29″S145°04′59″E / 37.708°S 145.083°E / -37.708; 145.083
Population5,214 (2016) [1]
 • Density2,170/km2 (5,630/sq mi)
Established1924
Postcode(s) 3087
Area2.4 km2 (0.9 sq mi)
Location16 km (10 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s) City of Banyule
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) Jagajaga
Suburbs around Watsonia:
Bundoora Watsonia North Greensborough
Watsonia Greensborough
Macleod Yallambie Yallambie

Watsonia is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 16 km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Banyule. At the 2016 census, Watsonia had a population of 5,214.

Melbourne City in Victoria, Australia

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History

Watsonia originally belonged to the Wurundjeri people. [2] It is named after early property developer and landowner Frank Watson.

Wurundjeri ethnic group

The Wurundjeri are indigenous descendants of the people of the Indigenous Australian nation of the Wurundjeri language group, in the Kulin alliance. They occupied the Birrarung Valley. Its tributaries are the present location of Melbourne.

Watsonia was surveyed by Robert Hoddle in 1838 as part of the parish of Keelbundora, for subdivisional sale as farms. [2] Until the 1870s, much of Watsonia remained part of the vast property holdings of John Brown. The Grace Park area was purchased in 1877 by Frederick Augustus Nell, and then by Frank Watson [3] in the early twentieth century. Watson subdivided the property for housing in 1924. The area remained primarily rural until the 1940s, when property prices became affordable.

Robert Hoddle surveyor

Robert Hoddle was a surveyor and artist. He is best known as the surveyor general of the Port Phillip District from 1837-1853, especially for creation of what is now known as the Hoddle Grid, the area of the CBD of Melbourne. He was also an accomplished artist and depicted scenes of the Port Phillip region and New South Wales. Hoddle was one of the earliest-known European artists to depict Ginninderra, the area now occupied by Canberra, Australia's National Capital.

A parish is a territorial entity in many Christian denominations, constituting a division within a diocese. A parish is under the pastoral care and clerical jurisdiction of a parish priest, who might be assisted by one or more curates, and who operates from a parish church. Historically, a parish often covered the same geographical area as a manor. Its association with the parish church remains paramount.

Watson and other landowners paid for the establishment of a railway station in order to attract property buyers. Watsonia railway station was named after Watson. Watsonia train station was opened on Monday 23 June 1924, between the existing Macleod and Greensborough Stations. The current Watsonia Station is in Zone 2 on the Hurstbridge railway line and is currently served by Metro Trains Melbourne. Watsonia Post Office opened around 1934. [4] The North East Link Project will impact Watsonia. [5]

Watsonia railway station railway station in Watsonia, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Watsonia railway station is located on the Hurstbridge line, in Victoria, Australia. It serves the north-eastern Melbourne suburb of Watsonia, and opened on 23 June 1924.

Macleod railway station railway station in Macleod, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Macleod railway station is located on the Hurstbridge line, in Victoria, Australia. It serves the north-eastern Melbourne suburb of Macleod, and opened on 1 March 1911.

Greensborough railway station railway station in Greensborough, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Greensborough railway station is located on the Hurstbridge line, in Victoria, Australia. It serves the north-eastern Melbourne suburb of Greensborough opening on 5 June 1902. It was upgraded to a Premium station on 21 June 1996.

Demographics

78.0% of Watsonia residents were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth other than Australia are England 2.3%, China (excluding SARs and Taiwan) 2.0%, India 1.3%, Italy 1.0% and Sri Lanka 0.8%.

Landmarks

The Simpson Army Barracks, Yallambie was originally known as the Watsonia Military Camp during World War II. This complex was built on the property formerly owned by Ainslie Meares. In 1951, surrounding land was purchased for the extension of the barracks.

Simpson Barracks is an Australian Army facility in the suburb of Yallambie in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is named after Major General Colin Hall Simpson, Signals Officer-in-Charge of Allied Land Forces during the Second World War.

Yallambie, Victoria Suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Yallambie is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 16 km north-east from Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Banyule. At the 2016 census, Yallambie had a population of 4,117.

World War II 1939–1945 global war

World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. A state of total war emerged, directly involving more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. The major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 70 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease, and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.

Watsonia is also the home to Watsonia Primary School, Greensborough College and Loyola College.

Greensborough College is a school in the Greensborough and Watsonia district in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.

Loyola College is a Roman Catholic independent secondary school in the Ignatian tradition located on 26 acres (110,000 m2) in northern Watsonia, a suburb of the Australian city of Melbourne. The College was founded in 1980 with an initial enrolment of just 134. Today, Loyola College has a steady student population of approximately 1340 pupils in years 7 to 12. The College theme for 2018 is, "Walking With Others." along with the official motto being "Justice, Mercy and Faith".

Watsonia Library is a bright, modern, well-equipped community library located in Watsonia’s shopping precinct with ample parking and adjacent to the Watsonia train station. It is a branch of Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service. [6]

Sport

Watsonia Football Club, an Australian Rules football team, competes in the Northern Football League. [7]

The early 2000s punk indie band Klinger mentions a long trip from St. Kilda to Watsonia north in their hit song Hello Cruel World. [8] They also had a much less successful song called Watsonia about the town itself. Lead singer & guitarist, Ben Birchall, lost his virginity in the back of a Corolla here, hence its importance in his song writing.

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References

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Watsonia (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 July 2017. OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
  2. 1 2 Banyule City Council - About the City. Retrieved 14 March 2007
  3. Monash University archives. Retrieved 25 March 2007
  4. Premier Postal History, Post Office List , retrieved 11 April 2008
  5. "Watsonia Station and Shops". North East Link Project. 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  6. "Yarra Plenty Regional Library". www.yprl.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  7. Full Points Footy, Northern Football League , retrieved 15 April 2009
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVVU06gU_dU