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.
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,[permanent dead link] 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.
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.
- 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%.
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.
Notable former residents
- Bruce Guthrie, former newspaper editor
- Eddie McGuire, broadcaster and businessman
- Frank McGuire, former journalist and now politician
- Andreja Pejic, Australian transgender model
- City of Broadmeadows - the former local government area
- Broadmeadows Shopping Centre
- Electoral district of Broadmeadows
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Broadmeadows (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
- http://www.awm.gov.au/units/place_493.asp. Retrieved 16 December 2009
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, archived from the original on 10 May 2008, retrieved 11 April 2008
- 1956 Summer Olympics official report. Archived 12 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine p. 47.
- Eddie McGuire buys $11million mansion in Toorak, Melbourne Daily Telegraph 19 October 2008
- Lunch with Frank McGuire Sydney Morning Herald 14 September 2016