Broadmeadows, Victoria

Broadmeadows is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 16 km (9.9 mi) north-west from Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Hume. At the 2016 Census, Broadmeadows had a population of 11,970.

Broadmeadows is a sub-regional centre within the northern suburbs of Melbourne, and is often used as a reference for the suburbs around it, although this may be due to its former status as a municipality.

Broadmeadows VIC 2017
Aerial view of Broadmeadows (2017)
Broadmeadows is located in Melbourne
Location in metropolitan Melbourne
Coordinates37°41′06″S 144°55′30″E / 37.685°S 144.925°ECoordinates: 37°41′06″S 144°55′30″E / 37.685°S 144.925°E
Population11,970 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,425/km2 (3,691/sq mi)
Area8.4 km2 (3.2 sq mi)
Location16 km (10 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s)City of Hume
State electorate(s)Broadmeadows
Federal Division(s)Calwell
Suburbs around Broadmeadows:
Meadow Heights, Westmeadows Dallas Campbellfield
Westmeadows Broadmeadows Campbellfield
Jacana Glenroy Fawkner
Broadmeadows Central 2017
Broadmeadows Central
Hume global learning
Hume Global Learning Centre


The Broadmeadows area, home to the Wurundjeri Aboriginal nation prior to European settlement, was settled by pastoralists in the 1840s.

The original Broadmeadows aka "Old Broady" is now known as Westmeadows, which lies to the west of the present Broadmeadows. The first Broadmeadows township was laid out by a Government survey in 1850. Ardlie Street was its commercial centre with a hotel (the Broadmeadows Hotel, now Westmeadows Tavern), the police station and the shire office (the District Roads Board Building, opened in 1866).

Broadmeadows' centre was altered when the railway line and station were opened two kilometres to the original centre's east in 1872. Shire loyalties clung to the old township until new civic offices were built near the railway station in 1928.

Broadmeadows was the site of the main camp for the reception and training of recruits for the AIF from Victoria early in the First World War. Broadmeadows had been identified as a possible site for military training in 1913, but no facilities had been established. The camp was established in August 1914 at "Mornington Park", a property loaned to the government by Mr R.G. Wilson. Early on, Broadmeadows was predominantly a tented camp and conditions were quite spartan. These facilities, combined with wet weather and poor drainage resulted in a rapid increase in sickness among recruits in autumn 1915. Public concern, fuelled by sensationalist press coverage, resulted in a decision in May 1915 to re-establish the main Victorian training camp at Seymour, approximately 100 kilometres north of Melbourne. Broadmeadows Camp remained in use throughout the war, however, with facilities being progressively improved.[2]

The Housing Commission of Victoria began the building of a 2,226 ha. estate in the Broadmeadows area in 1949. Not until 1975 did it begin building in the vicinity of the old township, which it called Westmeadows Heights. Between 1975 and 1979 it built over 900 houses in the area.

The first Broadmeadows Post Office (near Mickleham Road in today's Westmeadows) opened on 1 January 1855, was renamed Broadmeadows West in 1955, Westmeadows in 1963 before closing in 1973. The second Broadmeadows Post Office was renamed in 1956 from Broadmeadows East (from 1923 the successor to Broadmeadows Railway Station Post Office open since 1902). It closed in 1968 the day Dallas (located centrally and open since 1966) became the third Broadmeadows Post Office.

This office reverted to Dallas in 1995, when Broadmeadows Square Post Office, on Pascoe Vale Road north of the station (previously named Meadow Fair from 1965 having replaced Jacana Post Office, to the south, open since 1961) was renamed and became the fourth distinct location of the Broadmeadows Post Office.

A later Broadmeadows East office, near Widford Street to the southeast of the station, opened in 1961, was renamed Broadmeadows South in 1969, and also remains open.[3]

The City hosted the road cycling event at the 1956 Summer Olympics.[4]


Broadmeadows has a strong manufacturing industry. A large Ford factory in Campbellfield closed in 2016.


  • Meadows Primary School
  • Broadmeadows Primary School
  • Broadmeadows Valley Primary School
  • St. Dominics Catholic Primary School
  • Hume Central Secondary College: Dimboola Road Campus (7-9), Blair Street Campus (7-9) and Town Park Campus (10-12)
  • Penola Catholic College: Broadmeadows Campus (9-12)
  • Broadmeadows Special Development School
  • Kangan Institute: Broadmeadows Campus
  • Sirius college (3 campuses of choice)


According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 11,970 people in Broadmeadows.

  • 43.5% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were Iraq 5.7%, Lebanon 4.9%, Turkey 4.9%, Pakistan 3.7% and India 3.1%.
  • 28.9% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Arabic 18.3%, Turkish 8.6%, Urdu 4.2%, Assyrian Neo-Aramaic 3.5% and Vietnamese 2.3%.
  • The most common responses for religion were Islam 35.6% and Catholic 18.3%.[1]


Broadmeadows is serviced by the Melbourne metropolitan railway service as well as the Victorian regional railway services from Broadmeadows railway station, located between Pascoe Vale Road and Railway Crescent, which is served by regular trains on the Craigieburn railway line. Broadmeadows is also the terminus for the area's bus routes. Victoria Police Protective Services Officers (PSOs) patrol Broadmeadows railway station from 6pm until the last train service, 7 days a week.[5]

Notable former residents

See also


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Broadmeadows (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Retrieved 16 December 2009
  3. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, archived from the original on 10 May 2008, retrieved 11 April 2008
  4. ^ 1956 Summer Olympics official report. Archived 12 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine p. 47.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Eddie McGuire buys $11million mansion in Toorak, Melbourne Daily Telegraph 19 October 2008
  7. ^ Lunch with Frank McGuire Sydney Morning Herald 14 September 2016

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2007 Australian Club Championships

The 2007 Australian Club Championships (ACC) brought together the best men's and women's basketball teams from the Waratah League, South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL), Queensland Australian Basketball League (QABL), Central Australian Basketball League (CABL) and Big V competitions for their shot at national glory, with the event held at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.

By the tournament's conclusion, the Cairns Marlins were crowned as the best male basketball club in Australia and the Townsville Flames were crowned women's champions.

2008 Australian Club Championships

The 2008 Australian Club Championships (ACC) brought together the best men's and women's basketball teams from the Waratah League, South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL), Queensland Australian Basketball League (QABL), Central Australian Basketball League (CABL) and Big V competitions for their shot at national glory, with the event held at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.

By the tournament's conclusion, the Rockhampton Rockets were crowned as the best male basketball club in Australia while the Townsville Flames were crowned women's champions for the second year in succession. The tournament marked the final year of National Finals in Australian state basketball after the Australian Basketball Association was disbanded following the 2008 season.

Broadmeadows Shopping Centre

Broadmeadows Shopping Centre is a single-level enclosed shopping centre in the northern Melbourne suburb of Broadmeadows. It has annual turnover of $322M, and a total retail area of 61,164 m².The centre is anchored by Big W, Kmart, Woolworths, Coles, Aldi, TK Maxx, Best & Less, Cotton On Mega, JB Hi-Fi and Hoyts Cinemas.

Charlie Hay

Charles Burt Hay (4 November 1881 – 23 August 1945) was a former Australian rules footballer who played with Carlton and Essendon in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

City of Broadmeadows

The City of Broadmeadows was a local government area about 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The city covered an area of 63.65 square kilometres (24.58 sq mi), and existed from 1857 until 1994.

Cycling at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Men's individual road race

These are the official results of the Men's Individual Road Race at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, held on Friday 7 December 1956. There were 88 participants from 28 nations. Of the 88 starters 44 rode the distance to the end.Len Williams from Coffs Harbour was nominated for the Australian team but declined due to work commitments. French and British officials protested against Baldini's victory, claiming that he was protected from the hot sun by the Olympic film unit van that drove alongside him, but the protest was upheld. The start of the race was delayed fifteen minutes when it was discovered that two 'unauthorised' Irish cyclists, Tom Gerrard and Paul Fitzgerald were in the starting field.

Cycling at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Men's team road race

These are the official results of the Men's Team Road Race at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, held on Friday 7 December 1956 as a part of the Men's Individual Road Race. The best three performances by nation were rewarded, with twenty teams competing.

Electoral district of Broadmeadows

The electoral district of Broadmeadows is an electorate of the Victorian Legislative Assembly. It covers an area of 49 square kilometres (19 sq mi) in outer northern Melbourne, and includes the suburbs of Broadmeadows, Campbellfield, Coolaroo, Dallas, Fawkner, Jacana and Meadow Heights. It also includes parts of Glenroy, Roxburgh Park, Somerton and Westmeadows. It lies within the Northern Metropolitan Region of the upper house, the Legislative Council.The seat was created in 1955, and though it was initially won by Liberal and Country member Harry Kane, has been a safe Labor seat for most of its history. Kane held the seat until his death in 1962, and was succeeded by Labor backbenchers John Wilton (1962–1985) and Jack Culpin (1985–1988).In 1988 Culpin, a former member for abolished Glenroy, lost Labor preselection for Broadmeadows for that year's election to Jim Kennan, member of the Legislative Council and then Minister for Transport, who was attempting to switch to the Legislative Assembly. Culpin resigned from the Labor Party and contested Broadmeadows as an independent, but was defeated by Kennan at the election. Kennan served as Deputy Premier under Joan Kirner from 1990 to 1992, and succeeded Kirner as Leader of the Opposition from March to June 1993.Kennan resigned as Opposition Leader and from parliament in June 1993, and was succeeded in Broadmeadows at the resulting by-election by John Brumby, a member of the Legislative Council and former federal MP, who like Kennan sought to switch to the Legislative Assembly. Brumby later served as Opposition Leader from 1993 to 1999, and Premier of Victoria from 2007 to 2010. He resigned from parliament in 2011, and was succeeded as member for Broadmeadows at the resulting by-election by Frank McGuire, journalist, business consultant and brother of broadcaster Eddie McGuire.

Ford Cortina

The Ford Cortina is a car that was built by Ford of Britain in various guises from 1962 to 1982, and was the United Kingdom's best-selling car of the 1970s.

The Cortina was produced in five generations (Mark I through to Mark V, although officially the last one was only the Cortina 80 facelift of the Mk IV) from 1962 until 1982. From 1970 onward, it was almost identical to the German-market Ford Taunus (being built on the same platform) which was originally a different car model. This was part of a Ford attempt to unify its European operations. By 1976, when the revised Taunus was launched, the Cortina was identical. The new Taunus/Cortina used the doors and some panels from the 1970 Taunus. It was replaced in 1982 by the Ford Sierra. In Asia and Australasia, it was replaced by the Mazda 626–based Ford Telstar, though Ford New Zealand did import British-made CKD kits of the Ford Sierra estate for local assembly from 1984.

The name was inspired by the name of the Italian ski resort Cortina d'Ampezzo, site of the 1956 Winter Olympics. As a publicity stunt, several Cortinas were driven down the Cortina olympic bobsled run at the resort which was called Cortina Auto-Bobbing.


A furphy is Australian slang for an erroneous or improbable story that is claimed to be factual. Furphies are supposedly 'heard' from reputable sources, sometimes secondhand or thirdhand, and widely believed until discounted. The word is said to derive from water carts designed and made by a company established by John Furphy of J. Furphy & Sons of Shepparton, Victoria. The steel and cast iron tanks were first made in the 1880s and were used on farms and by stock agents. Many Furphy water carts were used to take water to Australian Army personnel during World War I in Australia, Europe and the Middle East. The carts, with "J. Furphy & Sons" written on their tanks, became popular as gathering places where soldiers could exchange gossip, rumours and fanciful tales – much like today's water cooler discussion.

In his book Memories of a Signaller, Harold Hinckfuss wrote of the "furphies" or rumours of pending movements of troops, while awaiting transfer to the French lines from Egypt. "Every day in the tent someone would come up with a 'furphy' that he had heard whilst down at the latrines. That is why the different stories were called furphies ('furphy' was the term used for a fart)". Whereas, in Gallipoli (2014), Peter FitzSimons suggests that the term 'furphy' originated from a training camp at Broadmeadows, Victoria, where a chap of the name Furphy would spread rumours of the embarkation date for the troops to go to Europe to assist the British Empire in the Great War.

Another suggested explanation is that the rumbling of an approaching water cart sounded like the firing of artillery, thus causing a false alarm. It is also used to refer to a foolish mistake, although the etymology of that is uncertain.

It is possible that the word was also influenced by John Furphy's equally prominent brother, the popular 19th-century Australian author Joseph Furphy (1843–1913). However, Joseph was generally published under the pseudonym "Tom Collins".

Scuttlebutt has a similar etymology, a scuttlebutt originally being a cask of drinking water on a ship.

The Furphy family businesses (J. Furphy & Sons and Furphy Foundry) were established in 1864 and as a part of the 150 year celebrations a museum has been opened in Shepparton, Australia.

Hume Central Secondary College

Hume Central Secondary College is a co-educational public school located in Broadmeadows, Victoria, Australia.

Islamic Information and Services Network of Australasia

The Islamic Information & Services Network of Australasia (IISNA) also known as MyCentre (Multicultural Youth Centre), is an independent Islamic organisation based in Broadmeadows, Victoria. The organisation is led by Samir Mohtadi, better known by his kunya, Abu Hamza. It is a non-profit organisation, and holds regular Islamic educational classes, and larger lecture events biannually. The organisation is reported as being more politically moderate than other Australian Wahhabi-Salafi groups.

John Ilhan Memorial Reserve

John Ilhan Memorial Reserve, currently known as ABD Stadium for sponsorship reasons, and often referred to as Broadmeadows Valley Park, is an Australian soccer ground in Broadmeadows, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria.

It is the home of Hume City FC. The venue has a capacity of 5,000 and is the only stadium in the City of Hume that is up to NPL standard. The ground is named in honour of former Crazy John's owner John Ilhan. There are 4 soccer fields, two of which are used for juniors and training purposes, (one being a synthetic field). There is also a turf athletics track for long jump, javelin and discus with an infield soccer field. The main field contains a pavilion with underground state of the art change rooms used for senior training sessions and match days for Hume City FC.

Maygar Barracks

Maygar Army Barracks is located in Broadmeadows, Victoria. It was the training area for the Australian Light Horse during World War I. The barracks was named after Victoria Cross winner Leslie Maygar, who received the award for his actions during the Second Boer War 1901 and later assisted in establishing the base in 1914. He was subsequently killed during the Battle of Beersheba in 1917.

My Girl (Hoodoo Gurus song)

"My Girl" was the third single by iconic Australian rock group Hoodoo Gurus and was released on Big Time Records and distributed by EMI in October, 1983; it peaked at #35 on the Australian charts. It was written by Dave Faulkner and was also on their first album Stoneage Romeos, which was produced by Alan Thorne. The single was also subsequently released in the United Kingdom in 1985 by Demon Records with a different cover sleeve and a different B-side, "Leilani".

Northern Thunder RLFC

Northern Thunder Rugby League Club is an Australian rugby league football club based in Broadmeadows, Victoria formed in the late 1980s.They conduct teams for both Juniors & Seniors teams.

Stoneage Romeos

Stoneage Romeos is the debut album by Australian rock group Hoodoo Gurus. Released on 9 March 1984 by Big Time Records in Australia, the album's release saw them receive record sales to complement their already strong reputation for live performances. With radio and television support for their third single "My Girl" (1983), complete with a film clip about a greyhound of the same name, the band's following grew. The album's other singles were "Leilani" (1982), "Tojo" (1983), and "I Want You Back" (1984).

A&M Records released the album in the United States on 7 September 1984. Later in July 1985 the band took the honours in the "Best Debut Album" category at the 1984 Countdown Awards.Stoneage Romeos was re-released by Arcadia Records on 1 October 2002, with two additional tracks, "Hoodoo You Love" and "Be My Guru". EMI also re-released the album on 24 October 2005 with three bonus tracks, "Leilani Pt. 2", "Be My Guru" and "Hoodoo You Love", a fold-out poster and liner notes by Lindsay "The Doctor" McDougall of Frenzal Rhomb. In October 2010, the album was listed in the top 30 in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums.

Structure of the Australian Army

This article describes the current structure of the Australian Army. It includes the army's order of battle and the headquarters locations of major units. Members of the Australian Army also serve within joint units of the Australian Defence Force which fall outside the direct command the Australian Army.

The Meadows Greyhounds

The Meadows Greyhounds is a Greyhound Racing Track and is located in Broadmeadows, Victoria. The Meadows is one of Two Metropolitan Tracks located Victoria. The Meadows is one of 13 Greyhound Tracks located in Victoria. The Meadows races every Saturday Night (Metropolitan Meetings) and Wednesday Day Meetings (Provincial Meetings).


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