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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Thomastown is 21,610, with a population density of 14.41 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Thomastown is bounded by Barry Road Grasslands, the Hume Freeway, Barry Road, Edgars Road, Alchester Court, Hampstead Court, Natalie Court, Ainwick Crescent, Hurtle Street, High Street, Scott Street, Maple Street, Dalton Road and McKimmies Road in the north, Darebin Creek and the Maroondah Aqueduct in the east, the City of Darebin, Keon Parade and Mahoneys Road in the south, and Merri Creek in the west.

Name origin

Thomastown is named after the Thomas family, who began market gardening in the area in the 1840s.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1848, with land used mainly for market gardening and grazing. A village was established around Spring Street in the 1850s. Some growth took place during the late 1800s, spurred by the opening of the nearby railway line to Whittlesea in 1889. The area remained agricultural, characterised by dairy farming and horse racing, until the development of neighbouring Lalor in 1947. Significant development occurred in the post-war years, particularly during the 1950s and 1960s. The population declined gradually from the early 1990s, a result of few new dwellings being added, and a decline in dwelling occupancy rates and the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Thomastown is an established residential and industrial area, with some commercial areas along High Street, Dalton Road and Settlement Road, and substantial parklands in the north-west.

Major features

Major features of the area include Thomastown Recreation and Aquatic Centre, Galada Tamboore, Barry Road Grasslands, H.R. Uren Recreation Reserve, Main Street Recreation Reserve, Nick Ascenzo Park, Pandora Park, R.G.C. Cook Recreation Reserve, Thomastown East Recreation Reserve, Thomas Street Recreation Reserve, the Keon Park and Thomastown railway stations and numerous schools.

Included areas

This small area encompasses the suburb of Thomastown and a small part of the suburb of Lalor. The remaining parts of the suburb of Lalor are included in the Epping and Lalor small areas.