South Kingsville, Victoria
South Kingsville is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 8 km south-west of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Hobsons Bay. At the 2016 census, South Kingsville had a population of 1,947.
|Population||1,947 (2016 census)|
|• Density||3,250/km2 (8,400/sq mi)|
|Area||0.6 km2 (0.2 sq mi)|
|Location||8 km (5 mi) from Melbourne|
|LGA(s)||City of Hobsons Bay|
The suburb is shaped as a right-angled triangle, bounded by New Street in the west, Blackshaws Road in the south, with the Newport-Sunshine railway line as a hypotenuse. Neighbouring suburbs include Newport, Yarraville, Altona North and Spotswood.
South Kingsville is approximately 10 minutes by car from Melbourne CBD via the West Gate Freeway and a 19 minute train journey using nearby Spotswood railway station.
Development in Spotswood and South Kingsville began around the mid 1800s. In the 1840s, John Stewart Spotswood purchased 119 acres and began a dairy farm. The area of South Kingsville was originally called the Birmingham Estate and was subdivided in the 1880s, although it did not fully develop until after World War II; Kingsville South Post Office opening on 2 February 1948 (It closed in 1978). This area had been re-zoned multiple times, being initially part of the Shire of Wyndham, later renamed Werribee, then from 1941 part of the City of Footscray, and finally, from 1996, part of Hobsons Bay.
At only 60 hectares, South Kingsville is the smallest suburb in the west of Melbourne.
Edwards Reserve in Brunel Street, South Kingsville, has one oval that is used for soccer and cricket. The reserve also has clubrooms, cricket nets, a basketball key, barbecue/picnic area and a children's playground.
The suburb is the home of the 5th Footscray Scout group, part of Scouts Australia - Kariwara District. The group meets in a private hall and is open to youth aged 6 to 26 years.
Vernon St is the shopping strip of the suburb, also with Indian and Italian restaurants, and cafés. The street is also the location of Westgate Health Co-op, which is Australia’s first-ever community medical co-operative. South Kingsville Community Centre is on the nearby Paxton St. providing a multitude of services to the community, such as: Pre School, Occasional Childcare Care facilities, Adult Education Courses, community activities and free access to computers and internet.
- City of Footscray - the former local government area of which South Kingsville was a part
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "South Kingsville (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 6 July 2016
- "The tiny suburbs that pack a punch". Domain. 12 November 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2017.