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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Lalor is 24,047, with a population density of 32.04 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Lalor is bounded by a line running continuous of Deveny Road, Deveny Road and Childs Road in the north, Darebin Creek in the east, McKimmies Road, Dalton Road, Scott Street, High Street, Hurtle Street, Mount View Road, Edgars Creek, Gardenia Road, Brookland Grove, Hampstead Court, Alchester Court, Edgars Road and Barry Road in the south, and the Hume Freeway and Blessington Parade in the west.

Name origin

Lalor is named after Peter Lalor, the leader of the Eureka Stockade rebellion in Ballarat.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1850s when German migrants established the township of Westgarthtown. Land was used mainly for dairy farming. Significant development did not occur until the mid 1940s when land was subdivided. Development of the eastern area dates primarily from 1947 when a housing cooperative for ex-servicemen was formed to create a garden suburb. Rapid growth took place from the 1950s into the 1970s. The population declined slightly from the early 1990s, a result of little change in dwelling stock and a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling. Growth is expected in the north-western section, from the Carlingford Estate and Mosaic Village estate, which have been developed on the former golf course and surrounding areas.

Land use

Lalor is an established residential area, with some commercial areas along High Street.

Major features

Major features of the area include Lalor Shopping Centre, Lalor Plaza Shopping Centre, Whittlesea Public Gardens, Thomastown Pioneer Precinct (Westgarthtown), Barry Road Park, Carlingford Park, Central Stoney Knoll, Fitzpatrick Park, Greystones Reserve, Huskisson Recreation Reserve, Kalara Park, Lalor Recreation Reserve, Lorne Park, Partridge Recreation Reserve, V.R. Michael Reserve, W.A. Smith Recreation Reserve, the Lalor railway station and numerous schools.

Included areas

This small area encompasses most of the suburb of Lalor, with the north-western part included in the Epping and Thomastown small areas.