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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Coburg is 27,748, with a population density of 40.10 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Coburg is bounded by Gaffney Street and Murray Road in the north, Elizabeth Street, Bell Street and Merri Creek in the east, Moreland Road in the south, and Melville Road, Lever Street, Devon Avenue, Aberdeen Street, Reynard Street, Royal Parade, Bell Street and Sussex Street in the west.

Name origin

Coburg is named after the royal house of Saxe-Coburg. It was originally known as Pentridge.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1830s, with land used mainly for grazing. Population was minimal until the 1850s, with growth aided by the establishment of quarrying and the opening of the railway line. Rapid residential development occurred in the late 1800s and early 1900s, aided by industrial growth. Expansion continued during the interwar period, particularly east of Sydney Road. The population declined during the 1990s, and then increased between 2001 and 2011, largely a result of new dwellings being added to the area, particularly from the redevelopment of the former Pentridge Prison site into a mixed use development.

Land use

Coburg is an established residential area.

Major features

Major features of the area include the Sydney Road commercial area, John Fawkner Private Hospital, Kangan Institute (Moreland Campus De Carle Street), Coburg Leisure Centre, Coburg Town Hall, Anderson Reserve, Bowden Reserve, Brosnan Community Park, Campbell Reserve, C C Calder Reserve, City Oval, De Chene Reserve, Egan Reserve, Harmony Park, Robinson Reserve, Tate Reserve, Council offices and numerous schools.