Richmond, Victoria

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Richmond
MelbourneVictoria
Swan Street, Richmond.jpg
Swan Street, Richmond with the Swan Street Rail Bridge to the right
Richmond is located in Melbourne
Richmond
Richmond
Coordinates 37°49′23″S 144°59′53″E / 37.823°S 144.998°E / -37.823; 144.998Coordinates: 37°49′23″S 144°59′53″E / 37.823°S 144.998°E / -37.823; 144.998
Population 27,705 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density 7,290/km2 (18,900/sq mi)
Established 19th century
Postcode(s) 3121
Area 3.8 km2 (1.5 sq mi)
Location 3 km (2 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s) City of Yarra
State electorate(s) Richmond
Federal Division(s) Melbourne
Suburbs around Richmond:
Collingwood Abbotsford Kew
East Melbourne Richmond Hawthorn
Cremorne South Yarra Burnley

Richmond is a suburb in Melbourne, Australia. It is only 3 km (2 miles) south-east of Melbourne's business district.[2] Richmond's population was 26,121 in the 2011 census.[3]

The older suburb has been rebuilt with more expensive houses and stores. This removal of run-down areas started in the early 1990s. Richmond now has many homes for the wealthy that were once warehouses. There are also public housing high-rise flats for the poor and row houses from the Victorian-era. There are also many shops, restaurants and bars.

Richmond has a popular active Vietnamese living area along Victoria Street. The area is also well known for the illegal drug trade (especially heroin) that happens both in the streets and inside homes.[4][5]

The Nylex Clock viewed from the MCG footbridge

Transport[change | change source]

Richmond has a train station, called the Richmond Train Station, which has 10 tracks and 10 platforms. The Richmond Railway Station is on the following train lines: Alamein, Bairnsdale, Belgrave, Cranbourne, Frankston, Glen Waverley, Lilydale, Pakenham and Sandringham.

In popular culture[change | change source]

The 1980s cult punk movie Dogs in Space made by Richard Lowenstein and starring Michael Hutchence was made in Richmond.

Songwriter Paul Kelly's song "Leaps and Bounds" mentions Richmond's 'clock on the silo'. Its real name is the Nylex Clock.

References[change | change source]

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Richmond (Vic) (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2 October 2017.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. Council (2012). "About Yarra". Yarra City Council. Yarra City Council. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  3. Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Richmond". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  4. Timna Jacks (4 January 2015). "Ice Hits Melbourne's heroin heartland". The Age (Victoria). Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  5. Andrew Jefferson, Matthew Johnson (15 February 2015). "Angry Richmond traders and residents say heroin-shooting gallery is not the answer". Herald Sun, Melbourne. Retrieved 30 October 2015.