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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Camberwell is 24,092, with a population density of 31.20 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Camberwell is bounded by a line that runs east-west to the north of Canterbury Road, Boroondara Park, Myrtle Road, a line that runs north-south to the east of Spencer Road, Prospect Hill Road, the eastern boundary of Camberwell High School and a line that runs east-west to the north of Riversdale Road in the north, Warrigal Road in the east, a line that runs parallel south of the Burwood Highway in the south, and a line that runs north-south to the west of Burke Road in the west.

Name origin

Camberwell is named after Camberwell Green in south London, which has a similar intersection of three roads.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for grazing and farming. Growth was minimal until the 1880s, spurred by the extension of the railway line from Hawthorn and commercial development along Burke Road. Expansion continued during the interwar period and the post-war years. The population increased slightly from the early 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Camberwell is an established residential area, with substantial commercial areas.

Major features

Major features of the area include the Burke Road shopping strip (Camberwell Junction), Camberwell Town Hall, Camberwell Civic Centre, Camberwell Community Centre, Bowen Street Community Centre, Epworth Rehabilitation Camberwell, Brinsley Nature Reserve, Camberwell Sports Ground, Cooper Reserve, Fairmont Avenue Reserve, Fordham Gardens, Frog Hollow Reserve, Highfield Park, Lynden Park, Read Gardens, Riversdale Park, Willison Park and a number of schools.