Broadmeadows, Victoria


Broadmeadows, Victoria

Infobox Australian Place | type = suburb
name = Broadmeadows
city = Melbourne
state = vic



caption = Hume Global Learning Centre
lga = City of Hume
postcode = 3047
pop = 9985 (2006) Census 2006 AUS | id = SSC21111 | name = Broadmeadows (State Suburb) | accessdate = 2007-09-17 | quick = on]
area = 8.4
est = 1850s
propval = $235,000 [ [http://www.domain.com.au/public/suburbprofile.aspx?suburb=Broadmeadows&postcode=3047 Broadmeadows] , accessed 22 September 2007]
stategov = Broadmeadows
fedgov = Calwell
dist1 = 17
location1= Melbourne
dist2 =
location2=
near-nw = Meadow Heights
near-n = Meadow Heights
near-ne = Dallas
near-w = Westmeadows
near-e = Campbellfield
near-sw = Jacana
near-s = Glenroy
near-se = Fawkner

Broadmeadows is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 17 km from Melbourne's central business district. At the 2006 Census, Broadmeadows had a population of 9985. It is a sub - regional centre within the northern suburbs of Melbourne, and is often used as a reference for the suburbs around it, although this may be due to its former status as a municipality.

History

The Broadmeadows area, home to the Wurundjeri Aboriginal tribe prior to European settlement, was settled by pastoralists in the 1840s.

The original Broadmeadows is now known as Westmeadows which lies to the west of the present Broadmeadows. The first Broadmeadows township was laid out by a Government survey in 1850. Ardlie Street was its commercial centre with a hotel (the Broadmeadows Hotel, now Westmeadows Tavern), the police station and the shire office (the District Roads Board Building, opened in 1866).

Broadmeadows' centre was altered when the railway line and station were opened two kilometres to the original centre's east in 1872. Shire loyalties clung to the old township until new civic offices were built near the railway station in 1928.

The Housing Commission of Victoria began the building of a 2,226 ha. estate in the Broadmeadows area in 1949. Not until 1975 did it begin building in the vicinity of the old township, which it called Westmeadows Heights. Between 1975 and 1979 it built over 900 houses in the area.

Schools

*Meadowbank Primary School

*Campmeadows Primary School

*Meadowfair North Primary School

*Broadmeadows Primary School

*Broadmeadows West Primary School

*St. Dominics Primary School

*Hume Central Secondary College: Dimboola Road, Blair Street and Senior campuses

*Penola Catholic College Broadmeadows Campus

Demographics

Broadmeadows is a multi cultural diverse community. Just over half (55.2%) of Broadmeadows' population wasborn in Australia and 37.1% were born overseas. Around one third (33.0%) were born overseas in a non-Englishspeaking country. The most common overseas countries of birth of Broadmeadows residents are Turkey, [ [http://www.crazyjohns.com.au/aboutus/john-ilhan-profile.aspx] ] Iraq and Lebanon.Growing communities in Broadmeadows include residents born in Iraq, Lebanon and the Philippines. The most common languages spoken at home, other than English, for residents in Broadmeadows are Arabic and Turkish. Assyrian, Vietnamese and Italian are the next most common languages. Christian religions remain the most common in Broadmeadows with 57.9% of the population of Christian faith. Non-Christian religions however, are also common, at 21.8% (compared to 14.6% for Hume City).

Transport

Broadmeadows is serviced by the Melbourne metropolitan railway service as well as the Victorian regional railway services from Broadmeadows railway station, located between Pascoe Vale Road and Railway Cresent. and served by regular trains on the Craigieburn railway line. Broadmeadows is also terminus for the 477, 484, 500, 532, 538, 540, 541, 542, 544 & 560 bus routes, which extend to the suburbs surrounding the suburb.

See also

* City of Broadmeadows - the former local government area of the same name.

References

External links

* [http://www.broadmeadows.basketball.net.au/fs_home.asp] Hume City Broncos Basketball - Big V 2004 Champions
* [http://web.archive.org/web/20040511092746/www.arts.monash.edu.au/ncas/multimedia/gazetteer/list/broadmeadows.html Australian Places - Broadmeadows]
* [http://www.hume.vic.gov.au/ City of Hume]


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