Pascoe Vale

Pascoe Vale, Victoria

Pascoe Vale is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is in the Local Government Area of the City of Moreland. It is located in the federal electorate of Wills.

History

Pascoe Vale was named after the John Pascoe Fawkner Estate which was originally a holding of 709 acres. The estate, established in 1839, was bounded by the Moonee Ponds Creek, Gaffney Street, Northumberland Road and Rhodes Parade. John Pascoe Fawkner built a timber house overlooking the creek, in the Marie Street area of Oak Park.

People

According to 2001 Census data, 13,210 people were living in Pascoe Vale in 2001. The suburb has historically been less culturally diverse compared to other suburbs in Moreland. A lower proportion of Pascoe Vale people were born overseas and Pascoe Vale has the highest proportion of Australian born citizens. 61% of people living in Pascoe Vale speak English at home, which is lower than the metropolitan average but higher than the average in Moreland.

Transport

Public transport is provided by Pascoe Vale station on the Craigieburn railway line.

The 513 bus route travels along Cumberland Road and left into Bell Street. This bus route links Glenroy and Eltham. The 527 bus route travels along Derby Street, Bell Street and O'Hea's Street and into Bell Street. The bus route links Gowrie Railway Station and Northland Shopping Centre.

The Moonee Ponds Creek Trail is used by cyclists for recreation and commuting.

Politics

Pascoe Vale is located in the federal electorate of Wills. Historically a safe Australian Labor Party electorate, the seat was held between 1980 and 1992 by former Prime Minister, Bob Hawke. However, between 1992 and 1996, the seat was held by notable independent Phil Cleary. Wills is currently held by the ALP's Kelvin Thomson.

The state electorate of Pascoe Vale is held for the ALP by former Community Services minister Christine Campbell.

Parks and Gardens

Pascoe Vale is known for its many parks and gardens, including Cole Reserve, Austin Reserve, Kelvin Thomson Reserve and Gavin Park.

The Moonee Ponds Creek is the major stormwater canal in the area and flows through several of its parks and gardens.

Cafes and Nightlife

There are many take-away stores scattered throughout the suburb, with fish and chips, Asian restaurants and chicken shops being the main types. The Pascoe Vale RSL and the Pascoe Vale Hotel are popular venues for locals.

Educational facilities

  • Westbreen Primary School
  • Pascoe Vale Primary School
  • Pascoe Vale North Primary School
  • Pascoe Vale Girls Secondary College
  • Box Forest Secondary College
  • St. Joseph's College (Pascoe Vale South)
  • St. Oliver's Primary School

Sporting Clubs

  • Pascoe Vale Sporting Club
  • St Andrews Cricket Club

Trivia

The Pascoe Vale Veterinary Clinic on the corner of Kent Road and Derby Street is owned by Australian celebrity vet, Dr Harry Cooper. The infotainment series Harry's Practice was filmed at the clinic.

It is also the home of the notorious 'babolina'. this urban legend has been circulated from generation to generation. The legend states that there once was a woman who once died in St Olivers Church in the early 1900s. Families around the church say that they can still hear her whining after all these years. One man, who claims to have once seen the ghost of babolina, politely asked if she would like 'some cheese with that whine'. The almost intolerable whines, mostly heard during the night, have since affected the market value of houses around the area, largely for the worse.

See also

  • City of Coburg - the former local government area of which part of Pascoe Vale was a part.

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