Sandringham is an affluent beachside suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, located 16 km (10 mi) southeast of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Bayside and its federal division is the Division of Goldstein. At the 2016 Census, Sandringham had a population of 10,241.
Brighton Beach Esplanade looking towards Sandringham
|Population||10,241 (2016 census)|
|• Density||2,930/km2 (7,580/sq mi)|
|Area||3.5 km2 (1.4 sq mi)|
|Location||16 km (10 mi) from Melbourne|
|LGA(s)||City of Bayside|
Sandringham formed part of the early estates in the parish of Moorabbin purchased by Josiah Holloway in 1852. Named Gipsy Village, lots were sold between 1852 and 1854 notwithstanding little settlement taking place at the time. Bluff Town Post Office opened on 1 April 1868, closed in 1871, reopened in 1873 and was renamed Sandringham in 1887.
Sandringham is one of Melbourne's bayside suburbs, located beside Port Phillip at the end of the Sandringham railway line. Sandringham is a popular location for beachgoers, sightseers, walkers, picnickers, photographers, cyclists and shoppers. It has a quaint village atmosphere with a number of cafes, coffee shops and restaurants (Greek, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Indian, Japanese), take-away food outlets, gourmet food outlets, clothing stores, boutique homewares, hairdressers, professional offices, multi-story apartments, real estate agents, bakeries, a modern bookshop, a news agency, Coles supermarket, a health food store, a chemist, an award-winning library, a historical society, a large modern police station, a medical centre, a Life Saving club, a hardware store, a wine store, a bank, a large modern hotel (The Sandy) with a balcony overlooking the bay, a bike track and a coastal walking track. The trip by train to and from Melbourne city takes 27 minutes. Buses travel between the Sandringham railway station and St Kilda, Westfield's Southland, Chadstone shopping centre and other places. The Sandringham Yacht Club is host to a number of Sydney to Hobart yacht race winners. The main streets are home to some elegant old buildings, including the railway station. In the 2011 census the most common ancestries in Sandringham were English 29.3%, Australian 25.8%, Irish 9.7%, Scottish 9.3% and German 3.1%.
Sandringham Primary School, that opened in 1855, is one of the oldest schools in Victoria. Sandringham Primary partially burned down on in the early morning of February 1, 2020
Private schools in the area include Firbank Girls' Grammar School junior school (known as Sandringham House) and Sacred Heart Parish School. Another school in the area is Sandringham East Primary, which celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2011. Former Brighton Mayor and Brighton Icebergs Founder John Locco once taught at Sandringham East Primary. The Melbourne International School of Japanese, a part-time Japanese education programme, once held its classes at Sandringham East Primary.
The Sandringham Football Club, known as the Zebras, of the Victorian Football League, has had a number of players go on to play in the AFL, including Trevor Barker, Ian Cooper, radio personality Rex Hunt, Andrew Krakouer, Paul Dimattina, Matthew Warnock, Ted Richards and Tom Langdon. Its games record holder is Nick Sautner (202 games, 621 goals). The club's home ground is the Trevor Barker oval on Beach Road (opposite the end of Bridge Road).
Based at the RG Chisholm Reserve, Duncan Street, the East Sandringham Boys Cricket Club features in suburban competitions throughout the cricket season. The club has developed cricketers particularly at a junior level, notably Shane Warne who has on occasion returned to play for his junior club. The R G Chisholm Reserve (known locally as the Duncan Street Oval) is also home to the East Sandringham Junior Football Club, which produced future Brownlow Medallists Chris Judd and Jobe Watson.
The city also hosts the Sandringham Amateur Athletic Club which was founded at a meeting held on 8 April 1930. The first recorded event was an 880 yards handicap at the Beach Oval (now Sandringham Football Ground).
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- Chris Judd, two-time AFL Brownlow Medallist, West Coast Eagles premiership captain and former Carlton Blues captain, was born in Sandringham and played football for East Sandringham Junior Football Club and then the Sandringham Dragons in the TAC Cup as a junior.
- Bob Hawke, Prime Minister of Australia from March 1983 to December 1991, lived in Keats Street, Sandringham, from 1958 to 1964. Hawke then moved to Royal Avenue, Sandringham in 1964.
- Tim Flannery, scientist and Australian of the Year 2007, grew up in Sandringham in the 1950s.
- Brad Hodge, Australian Test Cricketer and former captain of the Victorian Bushrangers.
- Jared Rivers, Geelong Football Club player in the Australian Football League (AFL).
- Lisa McIntosh, Paralympic sprinter and five-time gold medallist was born in Sandringham.
- Jobe Watson, former Essendon Football Club player
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