South Melbourne, Victoria - Wikipedia. South Melbourne is an inner suburb of Melbourne, Australia, 2 km south of Melbourne's Central Business District (CBD). It is in the local government area of the City of Port Phillip. At the 2. 01. 1 Census, South Melbourne had a population of 9,3. Historically known as Emerald Hill, it was one of the first of Melbourne's suburbs to adopt full municipal status and is one of Melbourne's oldest suburban areas, notable for its well preserved Victorian era streetscapes. History. Temporary accommodation for the thousands who poured into Melbourne each week during the gold rush. Before European settlement, the area now called South Melbourne featured a single hill (where the Town Hall now stands) surrounded by swamps.
The Hill was a traditional social and ceremonial meeting place for Aboriginal tribes. The area was first settled by Europeans in the 1. Emerald Hill. During the Victorian Gold Rush of 1. Canvas Town was established. The area soon became a massive slum, home to tens of thousands of migrants from around the world.
Land sales at Emerald Hill began in 1. Melbourne was granted, when Emerald Hill was proclaimed a borough on 2. May 1. 85. 5. During the late 1.
South Melbourne became a favoured place of residents for Melbourne's middle class, with fashionable terraced housing becoming the norm, including some English style squares, the best example of which was St Vincent Gardens. The South Melbourne Town Hall was built between 1. Bank Street, bordered by Clarendon, Park, Cecil and Dorcas Streets. In 1. 88. 3 Emerald Hill became a city, changing its official name to South Melbourne. South Melbourne experienced a decline in the 1. Melbourne sprawled outwards.
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Like many other Melbourne inner city suburbs, during the 1. Housing Commission of Victoria stepped in and erected several high- rise public housing towers, the tallest and largest of which, Park Towers (c. South Melbourne. The result was an injection of migrants adding to the multicultural flavour of the area. In the 1. 98. 0s, South Melbourne experienced one of Melbourne's biggest waves of gentrification. As a result of the development of Southbank in the 1.
Clarendon Street has become one of the highest rental yielding commercial streets. Route 9. 6 runs along the former St Kilda railway line, which was converted to light rail in 1. In 2. 00. 6 there were strong calls by a joint council project and the Inner Melbourne Action Group to provide an inner south tram link between the City of Port Phillip and the City of Stonnington, by connecting tram route 1. Park Street. This would require less than 1.
Park Street gap to create the new route. There are a number of such towers in parts of South Melbourne, built since the 1. In recent years, South Melbourne has seen an increase in population density, due to apartment development in nearby Southbank, where development has spilled over from the Melbourne CBD. To the east, towards the St Kilda Road complex, are many high rise office buildings. Heritage. This was formerly the Melbourne studios of the Seven Network prior to them moving to the Melbourne Docklands's Digital Broadcast Centre. Several Channel Seven shows like Deal or No Deal, Dancing with the Stars and It Takes Two were filmed at the South Melbourne location while News and Today Tonight are filmed at Docklands.
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They currently play in the Victorian Premier League at Bob Jane Stadium, a rectangular stadium built on Lake Oval, the former home ground of the South Melbourne Swans. Historically, they have been known as South Melbourne Hellas, a tribute to the migrant Greek founders of the club and traditionally played at Middle Park.
It was once home to the South Melbourne Swans team, which played in the Victorian Football League (VFL), which played out of the Lake Oval (now Bob Jane Stadium) in nearby Albert Park, before relocating to Sydney in 1. Australian Football League.