Beaconsfield

Suburb Profile

Beaconsfield is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 46 km south-east from Melbourne’s central business district. Its local government area is the Shire of Cardinia. At the 2011 Census, Beaconsfield had a population of 6,412. The suburb has its own railway station.

History

It was the creation of the railway station at the Cardinia Creek crossing that lead to the naming of the area. Benjamin Disraeli (Lord Beaconsfield), had died the day before rail submission was agreed to and the name Beaconsfield was suggested in his honour.

Beaconsfield Post Office opened on 7 October 1878; Beaconsfield Railway Station Post Office opened on 1 January 1883. In 1891 Beaconsfield was renamed Beaconsfield Upper and around 1902 Beaconsfield Railway Station was renamed Beaconsfield.

The suburb has a small shopping centre with an Aldi and Woolworths, and schools include Beaconsfield Primary, and St Francis Xavier College (Beaconsfield Campus).

The town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League, which is where football stars Brendan Fevola, Chris Newman, Tim Barker and Austinn Jones formerly played.

The local cricket side is a powerhouse in the WGCA, and won the 2004/05, 2005/06 and 2010/11 Premierships

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