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Northern Ward
About the profile areas

The 2015 Estimated Resident Population for Northern Ward is 29,734, with a population density of 27.90 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Northern Ward is bounded by Head Street, St Kilda Street and Glen Huntly Road in the north, the Nepean Highway, North Road and Thomas Street in the east, Marriage Road, Hampton Street and Dendy Street in the south, and the Port Phillip Bay foreshore in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1841, when land was sold by the government to Henry Dendy. The township of Brighton was surveyed, characterised by the distinctive crescent-shaped street layout which remains today. However, purchasers were few and land sales failed. Growth took place from the 1860s, spurred by the opening of railway lines, with many market gardens established. Expansion continued during the late 1800s and early 1900s, aided by the extension of the tram line. Development resumed during the post-war years. The population increased slightly from the early 1990s, largely a result of new dwellings being added to the area, particularly medium density housing.

Land use

Northern Ward is an established residential area, with several commercial areas.

Major features

Major features of the area include Middle Brighton Beach, Dendy Street Beach, Seacombe Grove Beach, Middle Brighton Baths, Elsternwick Park, Elsternwick Golf Course, Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre, Brighton Clocktower Theatre, Brighton Town Hall, Epworth Rehabilitation Centre, Elsternwick Oval, Ferguson Street Reserve, Glen Edward Rice Reserve, Hurlingham Park, Kamesburgh Gardens, Landcox Park, Little Brighton Reserve, North Road Reserve, Robert C Grieve Reserve, William Street Reserve, Wilson Reserve, shopping areas along Church Street (Middle Brighton), Bay Street (North Brighton) and Martin Street (Gardenvale), Brighton Grammar School, Firbank Grammar School and numerous other schools.

Included areas

Northern Ward encompasses parts of the suburbs of Brighton and Brighton East.