The Oakleigh Team

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History

Until 1853 the area was known as Scotchmans Creek, when the name Oakleigh was given to it. The name may derive form she-oaks growing near Scotchmans Creek, from Oakleigh Park, near Malvern Hills, Hertfordshire, England, or from an early settler, Mrs. Oakley.

Originally inhabited by the Kulin people, a grazing run was established in the settled district east of Melbourne in the early 1840s. The lease for the grazing run was taken up by farmers John and Archibald McMillan. Scotchman's Creek Run, as it became known, was named after the Scottish settlers in the area in and near the run (including the McMillan, Campbell, and McPherson families). By 1853, Scotchman's Creek was known as South Yarra Creek, due to the well-known South Yarra Pound (built in the area in the early 1840s on behalf of the government to collect stray livestock) and the associated South Yarra Inn. Part of the Parish of Mulgrave, County of Bourke, Oakleigh was first surveyed in 1853, and the first blocks of land were sold soon after.

Oakleigh, along with Dandenong, soon became one of the closest large cities to Melbourne, and the key to its development was the railway line to Melbourne. Railway workshops, brick works (until 1953, the area supplied 20% of Melbourne's bricks), sand mining, and market gardens became the most important industries in Oakleigh at the end of the 19th century. The suburb contributed greatly to Melbourne's rapid growth, and as a result, Oakleigh has a legacy of many large old buildings and institutions, mostly located between the railway line and the main road at Dandenong Road (which once serviced the city).

The Oakleigh Hall (formerly the Mechanics' Institute) which once served as the town hall (1906), post office (1924) and courthouse (1934) still remains, as does a grandstand of the cricket and football oval. The Sacred Heart Church, a large Edwardian church with its twin copper dome, is still a landmark of the area and is now part of a school.

Oakleigh was defined as a Major Activity Centre as part of the Melbourne 2030 planning policy.

Today

Oakleigh is 14 km south-east from Melbourne's CBD and is within the City of Monash with a postcode of 3166, immediately beyond Caulfield and Malvern. Once a large independent city, Oakleigh was absorbed into Melbourne as part of the eastward expansion of the metropolis in the 1950s. As a result, it once had its own large historic CBD, its own municipality in the former City of Oakleigh and its own suburbs.

 

The area is traditionally known to have a strong Greek cultural influence, largely due to the influx of said immigrants to Australia in the mid-20th century. Fourteen per cent of those living in the suburb speak only Greek at home.

 

Woodards specialises in real estate sales and leasing in Oakleigh and the surrounding suburbs of Oakleigh East, Oakleigh South, Clarinda, Clayton, Heatherton, Hughesdale, Huntingdale and Chadstone.

 

 

 

Public Transport

The main form of transport in Oakleigh is the private vehicle. The main roads in Oakeigh are Dandenong Road (Princes Highway), which takes many residents to Dandenong (situated east of Oakleigh) and to the CBD (situated west of Oakleigh). Ferntree Gully Road is a major road also going to Ferntree Gully via Scoresby, but Ferntree Gully is a long distance from Oakleigh and is not the only destination of this road. Ferntree Gully Road is a main route that residents take when travelling to Belgrave to have a ride on Puffing Billy. Warrigal Road is a very major road travelling to Burwood.

 

Oakleigh railway station provides suburban railway services on both the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines. Also the hub of a large component of Melbourne's eastern bus network, as many of the buses interchange at a terminus alongside the railway station and follow routes which run through the suburb.

Education

-                 Oakleigh Greek Orthodox College

-                 Amsleigh Park Primary School

-                 Christ Our Holy Redeemer School

-                 Sacred Heart School

-                 Dover Street Preschool

-                 Oakleigh Primary School Kindergarten

Demographics

Oakleigh

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