Mitcham is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 20 km east from Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Whitehorse. At the 2016 Census, Mitcham had a population of 16,148.
Mitcham Post Office
|Population||16,148 (2016 census)|
|• Density||2,375/km2 (6,150/sq mi)|
|Area||6.8 km2 (2.6 sq mi)|
|Location||20 km (12 mi) from Melbourne|
|LGA(s)||City of Whitehorse|
Mitcham was named after Mitcham Grove, a farm property that was owned by William Slater, who grew roses and herbs for perfumes and remedies. From its settlement in the 1860s, the Mitcham area was generally used for orchards, brickmaking and pottery. Mitcham Post Office opened on 1 June 1884.
However, since the 1950s post war expansion, Mitcham has become a suburban area.
Nearly two-thirds (64.2%) of people living in the suburb of Mitcham were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were 6.7% China, 2.9% India, 2.8% England, 1.8% Malaysia and 1.3% New Zealand.
The main shopping precinct is centered on the intersection of Whitehorse Road and Mitcham Road and features a supermarket, cafes, fast food outlets and speciality shops.
The main secondary school in Mitcham is Mullauna College, on the site of the old Mitcham High School.
Mitcham also has a number of parks and reserves, including:
- Yarran Dheran, a bushland park, located on the banks of Mullum Mullum Creek.
- Halliday Park, a public garden, which has a war memorial and large children's playground and is home to Bowls Victoria Premier Division's
- Walker Park, a sports reserve, which is home to Mitcham Cricket Club and Mitcham Football Club.
- Antonio Park, is seven hectares in size and includes a playground, walking trails, remnant bushland, a BBQ area and bird watching opportunities. History - The park is named after the Antonio family who were first associated with the land in 1892. The site of their original weekend shack is now part of the Antonio Park Primary School grounds. In early 1900's the family bought what is now the main body of the park and built a permanent home in Deep Creek Road. Remnants of the garden are still present in the formal part of the Park. The family gifted the land to the former Nunawading Council in 1955, but members of the family lived there until 1963. The northern section of the park, known as the "New Lands" was purchased from Charles Schwerkolt in 1975 to replace the land sold to the Education Department for Antonio Park School.
- Mitcham Private Hospital
- Schwerkolt Cottage: Used to back onto Yarran Dheran via a track along the Mullum Mullum Creek.
The main north-south roads are Mitcham Road and Heatherdale Road. The main east-west road is Whitehorse Road (Maroondah Highway), which connects with the EastLink tolled freeway, which skirts the northern and eastern boundaries of the suburb.
There are a number of bus routes, which link the suburb to surrounding areas. Many of these connect with Mitcham railway station.
Schwerkolt Cottage is a pioneer cottage (circa 1880s), near the Yarran Dheran bushland park. The cottage and other buildings are now a local history museum. The cottage is surrounded by 2.25 hectares of gardens and bushland. The stone cottage has been restored to its original condition and furnished in a style of the period. The Opening Hours; Weekends and Public Holidays, 2.00pm-5.00pm and Group Tours by appointment on weekdays only.
Mitcham was a filming location for the world's first feature film, The Story of the Kelly Gang, which used the suburb in key scenes for the 1906 movie.
The Mitcham Connection
Mitcham was the home of comedian Dave O'Neil, The Volvos musicians Heynes Arms & AC Fanta, Sforzando (band) lead vocalist, poet and writer Quincy Hall, actor brothers Brett and Trevor Lewis, playwright Sandra Long, writer Michael McArthur, director James McArthur, sculptor Joanne Mott and abstract artist 'Egghatch'. These and other Mitcham-raised artists have become collectively known as the Mitcham Connection. During the 1996 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, several of the Mitcham Connection artists, namely Sandra Long, the McArthur brothers and Quincy Hall, collaborated with several other playwrights and stage directors to produce the extraordinary show To Go At Something Bald-Headed. The show was composed of four plays, including The Harry Blade Show, featuring AC Fanta, Torquil Neilson and Anthony Rive. The show was officially launched by Democrats Senator Lyn Allison. Other notable inhabitants include Steve Darmody.
- "2016 Census QuickStats: Mitcham (Vic.)". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
- Australian Places - Mitcham
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
- "Australia Map Guide". www.street-directory.com.au. Retrieved 28 June 2009.
- Full Point Footy, Eastern Football League, retrieved 21 October 2008
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