- Belgrave, Victoria
Infobox Australian Place | type = suburb
name = Belgrave
city = Melbourne
state = vic
caption = Belgrave main street
lga = Shire of Yarra Ranges
postcode = 3160
pop = 4094 (2006)Census 2006 AUS | id = SSC21065 | name = Belgrave (State Suburb) | accessdate = 2007-10-01 | quick = on]
area = 4.1
propval = $277,500 [ [http://www.domain.com.au/public/suburbprofile.aspx?suburb=Belgrave&postcode=3160 Belgrave] , accessed 27 November 2006]
stategov = Monbulk, Gembrook
fedgov = La Trobe
dist1 = 39
near-nw = Sherbrooke
near-n = Kallista
near-ne = Kallista
near-w = Tecoma
near-e = Selby
near-sw = Lysterfield
near-s = Belgrave Heights
near-se = Belgrave South
Belgrave is a
suburbin Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, located convert|39|km|mi|0 east of Melbourne. It is in the Local Government Area of the Shire of Yarra Ranges.
Most of the commercial district of Belgrave is located on Main Street, which is at the end of
Burwood Highway. There are also shops on Bayview Road, which is located just across the rail bridge.
Belgrave was named after an 1840s chapel in Leeds, Yorkshire, England; the name carried by Mr and Mrs R.G. Benson when they came to Melbourne in 1856. Their sons, the Benson Brothers, settled in the Belgrave district in the 1870s.A Post Office first opened in the area around 1904.Citation
last = Premier Postal History | title = Post Office List | url = https://www.premierpostal.com/cgi-bin/wsProd.sh/Viewpocdwrapper.p?SortBy=VIC&country= | accessdate = 2008-04-11 ]
Belgrave has many galleries and
bookshops. There is a strong organic and fair trade emphasis amongst the businesses with a fair trade shop Local and Global, Belgrave Organics, at least three cafes serving fairtrade coffee (Earthly Pleasures Organic Cafe, Ample and Queen of Tarts), and Savvy Organic Pizza, who specialise in gluten free pizza. There are two retro clothing stores, Walk in Wardrobe and The Silver Compac. There is a Safeway supermarket, three hairdressing salons, a building design (drafting) service, two pharmacies, a butcher, a dry cleaner, two bakeries, a DVD store, a newsagency, a cinema, many fast food outlets, restaurants, a centrelink centre, a pub and a few bars/lounges, two banks (the Commonwealth Bankand the Bendigo Bank) as well as a public library. It also has a very active Traders Association.
Its best known attraction is the heritage narrow gauge, steam-operated Puffing Billy Railway, which was restored in 1962. It is also the terminus of the Belgrave Suburban Electric Railway Line.Other nearby attractions include "
The 1000 Steps", " Sherbrooke Forest" and "Sherbrooke Falls".
Belgrave has a cinema called the
Cameo Cinema, which has recently been restored to its original 1930s glory. The complex features six cinemas, with Cinema 1 dating back to the 1930s. There is also an outdoor Cinema at the rear of the building, which is open only during the summer months (December to March). Patrons of the outdoor Cinema hear the sound through radio headphones while sitting on deckchairsThe Reel Cafe, which is off the lobby of the theatre, provides meals from breakfast through to dinner as well as coffee breaks for anytime of day.
Belgrave has a busy night scene, with several major pubs and bars, Ruby's Lounge, Bell Tavern, Scarab Bar and Micawber Tavern, established in 1923. There is an Indian restaurant, a Thai restaurant, several pizza shops, a noodle shop, a Subway store, a hot chicken shop, organic cafe (Earthly Pleasures) and two fish and chip shops. Sometimes on Thursday or Friday nights, fire-twirlers and percussionists perform on Bayview Road.
There is also a healthy music scene with many exiting live acts performing at Ruby's Lounge. Ruby's has become a hotspot to see many of Australia's most popular artists who include Ekoi, Chain,
Motorace, Pete Murray, Cat Empire, Killing Heidi, Magic Dirt, Kate Ceberanoand Mark Lizotteaka Diesel and Artinem. Aside from just hosting well known performers, Ruby's and Micawber Tavern host many open-mike/jam nights where amateur artists can perform. The Micawber Tavern Jam Night on Mondays has been running for over 10 years, hosted by John & Kirk from Wild Turkey, and is a mainstay of the music scene in the hills. They also host a monthly comedy night.
Street buskers can be found almost every day and there is also a recording studio.The historic property known as Glen Harrow Gardens has been featured on many travel television programs, is just round the corner in Old Monbulk Road.
Belgrave has two local schools, both managed by the
St Thomas More's Primary School- A co-educational school, located near the Belgrave Library and adjacent to St. Thomas More's Catholic Church.
Mater Christi College- An all girls Secondary school located on Bayview Road.
Recreation & Government Buildings
Belgrave has a state of the art Police Station, which acts as the base for all police stations in the Dandenong Ranges Region. There is also the [http://www.vicnet.net.au/~belgcfa Belgrave Volunteer Fire Brigade] on Bayview Road, which has been serving the community for over 80 years. It is also home to the Dandenong Ranges Fire Brigades Group HQ, which manages all major fires within the Dandenong Ranges.
There is a
Centrelinkoffice on the high side of Main Street. The closest Shire of Yarra Rangesoffice is in Upwey on Main Street.
The Belgrave Town Park, just below the police station, provides a fine view over the town as well as a public space for events such as the annual Christmas carols. Just off the Belgrave-Hallam Road is the Belgrave outdoor swimming pool and a playground.
The town has an
Australian Rulesfootball team competing in the Yarra Valley Mountain Football LeagueCitation | last = Full Points Footy | title = Belgrave | url = http://www.fullpointsfooty.net/Belgrave.htm | accessdate = 2008-07-25 ] .
Belgrave's local newspapers are "The Free Press Leader" and "The Trader Mail" and its local radio station is 3MDR on 97.1FM.
* [http://www.belgrave.net.au Belgrave Township - Belgrave Traders Association]
* [http://www.materchristi.edu.au Mater Christi College]
* [http://www.cameocinemas.com.au Cameo Cinemas]
* [http://www.localandglobal.com.au Local and Global]
* [http://www.3mdr.com 3MDR 97.1FM]
* [http://www.micawbertavern.com.au Micawber Tavern]
* [http://www.menziesps.vic.edu.au Menzies Creek Primary School]
* [http://www.sherbrooke.vic.edu.au Sherbrooke Community School]
*Belgrave Football Club [http://www.belgravefc.vcfl.com.au/]
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