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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Lysterfield is 6,856, with a population density of 4.87 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Lysterfield is bounded by Napoleon Road in the north, Lysterfield Road, Wellington Road, Powells Road, Powells Road Fire Track and Casuarina Fire Track in the east, Churchill Park Drive, West Boundary Track and the City of Casey in the south, and Hanson Lysterfield Quarry, Wellington Road and Napoleon Road in the west.

Name origin

Lysterfield is named after William Lyster, who donated land for a primary school in the 1870s.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1838, although population was minimal until the 1870s. Land was used largely for cattle grazing and farming. Much of the area was resumed in the 1929 to construct the Lysterfield Reservoir, supplying water to Dandenong, Springvale and the Mornington Peninsula. The area remained predominantly rural until the 1990s. Rapid growth took place during the 1990s, with the population nearly trebling between 1991 and 2001. Population growth continued between 2001 and 2011, although at a slower rate, a result of fewer new dwellings being added to the area.

Land use

Lysterfield is a rural and residential area, with recent residential areas in the north-west and rural areas in the south.

Major features

Major features of the area include Lysterfield Park, Barry Reserve, Lakesfield Reserve and one school.

Included areas

Part of the suburb of Lysterfield is located in Yarra Ranges Shire.