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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Brunswick is 25,927, with a population density of 52.10 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Brunswick is bounded by Moreland Road in the north, Lanark Street, Donald Street, Holmes Street, Albion Street and Lygon Street in the east, Park Street in the south, and Grantham Street, Dawson Street, Pearson Street, Albion Street and Shamrock Street in the west.

Name origin

Brunswick is named after the first property in the area, which was thought to be named after Princess Caroline of Brunswick, the estranged wife of King George IV.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1830s when land was subdivided into farm allotments. Population was minimal until the 1850s and 1860s, with growth spurred by the gold rush, quarrying and the establishment of the commercial area along Sydney Road. Expansion took place during the late 1800s, aided by the opening of the railway line and the subdivision of land. Residential and industrial growth continued in the early 1900s. From the early 1980s many of the factories closed, leading to gentrification as former factories were redeveloped into apartments and townhouses. The population increased from the mid 1990s, largely a result of new dwellings being added to the area (particularly apartments and townhouses).

Land use

Brunswick is an established residential, commercial and industrial area.

Major features

Major features of the area include the Sydney Road commercial area, Barkly Square Shopping Centre, Brunswick Private Hospital, RMIT University (Brunswick Campus), Brunswick Town Hall, Brunswick City Baths, Counihan Gallery, Mechanics Institute Performing Arts Centre, Barkly Street Park, Brunswick Park, Clifton Park, Gillon Oval, Gilpin Park, Randazzo Park, Reaburn Reserve, Temple Park, Warr Park and several schools.