Richmond is a suburb of Melbourne, 3 km South-East from Melbourne’s Central Business District, with a population of 26,121 according to the 2011 Census.
A Brief History
Richmond was named after Richmond Hill, London, with its outlook of the river bend.
Richmond is well known for its vibrant and popular Little Saigon area along Victoria Street.
Richmond Town Hall is a landmark building currently operated by the City of Yarra, which was built in the 1880s and redecorated during the inter-war years.
Richmond does have some parks and gardens and reserves, however, they are notably absent in the main centre of the suburb.
The largest park is Citizens’ Park (Richmond Oval), bordering on Church and Highett Streets.
Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre is a large modern complex built in 2001 to service the Inner Eastern suburbs.
Hotels include The Mountain View Hotel, Corner Hotel, Great Britain Hotel, The Rising Sun and The Swan (1890).
The local large Catholic community is served by St Ignatius’ Church on Church Street and St James Parish. Anglicans also have a presence in Richmond, served by St Stephens, next door to St Ignatius’ Church. A United Church also serves its members with a Fijian presence, located on Church Street. Due to a large number of Greek immigrants there is a Greek Orthodox Church, located on Burnley Street, which is open for mass every Sunday and brings together Richmond’s Greek Community. There is also a large Assemblies of God Church, Richmond AOG, in Griffiths Street.
Richmond is home to the Richmond Football Club, an Australian Rules football club, which is a member of the Australian Football League. Richmond is one of the most successful football teams in Australia, having won 10 premierships in the VFL/AFL. The club has a cult following not only in Richmond, but throughout the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
The Tigers play home games at the Melbourne Cricket Ground located just outside the suburb’s border, which regularly attract crowds in excess of 40,000. However, it can draw crowds as large as 80,000 against fierce rivals.
Richmond is also the home to Richmond Soccer Club, which currently play in the Victorian Premier League. They play their home matches at Kevin Bartlett Reserve in Burnley. The ground is named after Richmond Australian Rules footballer Kevin Bartlett, who was the first VFL player to play 400 senior games.
Richmond has an established transport system involving arterial roads, five train stations, seven tram routes, a bus route and a series of bicycle trails, including the Capital City Trail and the Yarra River Trail. The main train station in Richmond is Richmond railway station. It is an interchange for all metropolitan passenger trains to the Eastern and South-Eastern suburbs. Railway lines that travel through Richmond Station include the Pakenham, Cranbourne, Frankston, Lilydale, Belgrave, Glen Waverley, Sandringham and Alamein lines.
Last updated 25/01/15