Richmond, Victoria

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Pelaco factory in richmond victoria.jpg
View of the Pelaco factory between two art deco period houses
Population: 26121
Established: 19th century
Postcode: 3121
Area: 3.8 km² (1.5 sq mi)
Location: 3 km (2 mi) from Melbourne
LGA: City of Yarra
State District: Richmond
Federal Division: 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.[1] Richmond's population was 26,121 in the 2011 census.[2]

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.[3][4]

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.

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