City of BoroondaraCommunity profile

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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Canterbury is 8,354, with a population density of 26.78 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Canterbury is bounded by a line that runs east-west to the north of Mont Albert Road in the north, Chatham Road, Canterbury Road and Highfield Road in the east, a line that runs east-west to the north of Riversdale Road, the eastern boundary of Camberwell High School, Prospect Road, a line that runs north-south to the west of Myrtle Road and Boroondara Park in the south, and a line that runs east-west to the north of Canterbury Road and Burke Road in the west.

Name origin

Canterbury is named after Viscount Canterbury, former Governor of Victoria.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for market gardens and orchards. Growth took place from the 1880s, spurred by the extension of the railway line from Hawthorn. Expansion continued during the early 1900s and the interwar period. The population and dwelling stock have been relatively stable since the early 1990s.

Land use

Canterbury is an established residential area.

Major features

Major features of the area include the Maling Road shopping centre, Boroondara Park, Canterbury Gardens, the Outer Circle Trail, Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre, Camberwell Grammar School, Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School and a number of other schools.