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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Fawkner is 14,558, with a population density of 28.56 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Fawkner is bounded by the Western Ring Road in the north, Merri Creek in the east, a line that runs east-west to the south of Queens Parade in the south, and Sydney Road, Box Forest Road and the railway line in the west.

Name origin

Fawkner is named after John Pascoe Fawkner, the settler pioneer. It was originally known as Box Forest.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1830s, with land used mainly for grazing. Population was minimal until the 1880s. Growth took place into the early 1900s, aided by the opening of the railway line. Significant development occurred in the post-war years, particularly during the 1950s and 1960s, aided by the construction of public housing estates and immigration. The population fluctuated slightly between 1991 and 2006, and then increased slightly between 2006 and 2011 as new dwellings were added to the area and the average number of persons living in each dwelling increased.

Land use

Fawkner is an established residential area, with two small commercial areas along Bonwick Street and Major Road.

Major features

Major features of the area include Arthur Ruddick Reserve, C B Smith Reserve, Charles Mutton Reserve, Evans Reserve, Jack Mutton Reserve, Jukes Road Grassland, Moomba Park, Fawkner Leisure Centre, Fawkner Community Sports Hall and several schools.