Burwood, Victoria


Government schools

A number of government schools were built in the area, many of which were closed in 1987-92 as the population aged.

Primary schools included:
*Bennettswood Primary School
*Burwood Heights Primary School (opened 1965)
*Burwood Primary School
*Wattle Park Primary School (opened 1914)

Secondary schools included
*Burwood High School
*Burwood Technical School
*Burwood Heights High School (opened 1970)
*Wattle Park High School (1962 - 1992)

Vision Australia

The Royal Victorian Institute of the Blind (now Vision Australia) purchased 41 acres of land on Burwood Highway in 1951 for a school, which was opened in 1959. [cite web |url=http://www.visionaustralia.org.au/docs/about_us/Lighthouse%20on%20the%20Boulevard.rtf |title=A History of the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind 1866-2004|author=Buckrich, Judith Raphael |publisher=Australian Scholarly Publishing |accessdate=2008-05-19]

Drive-in theatre

The Burwood Skyline, opened in February 1954, was Australia's first drive-in theatre. Operated by Hoyts, it had a 652 car capacity, later increasing to 743. The drive-in was located near the intersection of Burwood Highway and McComas Grove in a natural amphitheatre setting provided by the Gardiners Creek Valley. The screen was located on a high point on the other side of the creek from the viewing area. The first film publicly screened was "On the Riviera" starring Danny Kaye and Gene Tierney. The drive in was very popular in its early years, often causing traffic jams in the local area. A playground was provided for children, which included a motorised carousel.cite web |url=http://www.drive-insdownunder.com.au/australian/vic_burwood.htm |title=Burwood Skyline (Hoyts)|work=Drive-ins Downunder - Australian Drive-ins |accessdate=2008-05-20]

Following a decline in audience numbers over a number of years, the drive-in closed on 22 June 1983, with a screening of "We of the Never Never" and "Local Hero."ref name ="Australian Places"/>cite web|title=Map 60|work=Melway|url=http://www.custommaps.net/images/060.jpg|accessdate=2008-05-19]


Burwood is bounded to the north by Riversdale Road, the northern boundary of Deakin University, Gardiners Creek and Eley Road. It is bounded to the east by Middlebourough Road and to the west by Warrigal Road.The southern boundary runs near to Carlyle and Zodiac Streets then along Gardiners Creek and subsequently in approximate alignment with Ashwood Drive, Montpellier Road, Arthur Street, Huntingdale Road and Highbury Road.cite web |url=http://www.street-directory.com.au/sd_new/genmap.cgi?x=145.114&y=-37.85&sizex=800&sizey=800&level=5&star=6 |title= Australia Map Guide |publisher= www.street-directory.com.au|accessdate=2008-05-17]

The most prominent feature of the Burwood landscape is Building C (The Alfred Deakin Building) of Deakin University.

hopping centres

The main Burwood shopping centre is located at the intersection of Warrigal Road and Burwood Highway. Another shopping strip is located at Bennettswood (corner of Burwood Highway and Station Street).


*Deakin University - Burwood Campus
*Emmaus College- VCE campus [cite web |url=http://www.emmaus.vic.edu.au/locations_senior.htm |title = 11-12 Campus|work=Emmaus College |accessdate=2008-05-19]
*Mount Scopus College - Gandel Campus
*Presbyterian Ladies' College
*St Andrews Christian College [cite web |url=http://standrews.vic.edu.au/new/ |title=St Andrews Christian College|accessdate=2008-05-19]
*St. Benedicts School [cite web |url=http://www.benedict.melb.catholic.edu.au/ |title=St. Benedict's Primary School |accessdate=2008-05-19]
*St. Scholastica's Primary (Catholic School) [cite web |url=http://www.stschols.melb.catholic.edu.au/ |title=St Scholastica's Primary - Catholic Primary School, Victoria |accessdate=2008-05-19]

ports and recreation

Parks in the suburb include Wattle Park and Gardiners Creek Reserve, the latter which has a shared bicycle and pedestrian path. Sports facilities include Bennettswood Sports Ground and Bennettswood Bowling Club. Burwood Reserve and Burwood Bowling Club are located in nearby Glen Iris.


The principal north-south roads are Warragul Road, Elgar Road,Station Street and Middleborough Road, while the principal east-west roads are Riversdale Road, Burwood Highway and Highbury Road.

The route 75 tram runs from Melbourne to Vermont South, traverses the suburb along Burwood Highway. There is no train service in the suburb, with Burwood railway station located in the adjoining suburb of Glen Iris.

There are a number of bus routes which connect the suburb to surrounding areas:
*Route 700 (Box Hill to Mordialloc) (SmartBus) runs along Warrigal Road. [cite web |url=http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/route/view/941 |title=700 - Box Hill - Mordialloc (SMARTBUS Service)|work=metlink|accessdate=2008-05-17]
*Route 732 (Box Hill to Upper Ferntree Gully) runs along Station Street and Burwood Highway [cite web |url=http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/route/view/948 |title=7732 - Box Hill - Upper Ferntree Gully |work=metlink |accessdate=2008-05-18]
*Route 735 (Box Hill to Burwood East) runs along Eley Road. [cite web |url=http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/route/view/951 |title=735 - Box Hill - South Blackburn (K-Mart Store) |metlink|accessdate=2008-05-17]
*Route 766 (Box Hill to Warrigal Road Burwood) runs along Warrigal Road, Burwood Highway, Evans Street and Highbury Road . [cite web |url=http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/route/view/965|title=766 - Box Hill - Warrigal Road Burwood|work=Metlink accessdate=2008-05-23]
*Route 767 (Box Hill to Southland Shopping Centre) runs along Burwood Highway. [cite web |url=http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/route/view/966 |title=767 - Southland Shopping Centre - Box Hillwork=metlink|accessdate=2008-05-17]

Retirement villages

Burwood has two retirement villages - Fountain Court on Station Street and Cameron Close on Warrigal Road.

Notable people from Burwood

*Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers was born and lived in the suburb until he was 5 years old.

See also

* City of Box Hill - the former local government area of which part of Burwood was a part.
* City of Camberwell - the former local government area of which part of Burwood was a part.
* City of Waverley - the former local government area of which part of Burwood was a part.


External links

* [http://www.street-directory.com.au/sd_new/genmap.cgi?x=145.114&y=-37.85&sizex=800&sizey=800&level=5&star=6 Map of Burwood (street-directory.com.au)]

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