PRAHRAN (/pɛ'ræn/, also known colloquially as "Pran") is an inner
Prahran is a part of Greater Melbourne, with many shops, restaurants and cafes. The area of Prahran, centred along Commercial Road was one of Melbourne's gay villages , but no longer is.
The shopping street Chapel Street is a mix of upscale fashion boutiques and cafes. Greville Street, once the centre of the Melbourne's hippie community, has many cafés, bars, restaurants, bookstores, clothing shops and music shops.
Prahran takes its name from Pur-ra-ran, a compound of two Aboriginal
words, meaning "land partially surrounded by water", in 1837 by George
Langhorne. The proximity of the
* 1 History * 2 Demographics
* 3 Local landmarks
* 3.1 Non-residential architecture * 3.2 Residential architecture * 3.3 Public space
* 4 Transport * 5 Notable people * 6 See also * 7 Notes
In 1837 George Langhorne named the area Pur-ra-ran, a compound of two
Aboriginal words, meaning "land partially surrounded by water". When
he informed the Surveyor-General
Prahran Post Office opened on 1 April 1853.
Describing Prahran, as it was in the mid 1850s, F.R. Chapman remembered:
“ In the very early times Chapel-street had many vacant spaces. On the west side, about the middle, a man could be seen ploughing his farm... and on the same side was a small brick church, or more probably a school-room used as a church, which was known as Mr Gregory's. ”
Chapel Street scene in 1889 Chapel Street scene in 1906. The large building second from the right between Read's Store and the Love ">), another popular theatre on Chapel Street, was destroyed by fire in 1971. The site was operated by the cut-price clothes and homewares chain Waltons for the next decade and was later developed into the Chapel Street Bazaar.
In the 1960s, in an effort to boost the slowly growing local population and inject new life into the suburb, the Victorian Government opened the Prahran Housing Commission estate, just off Chapel Street, together with a larger estate, located just north in South Yarra . Further complementing the high rise developments was a low density development between Bangs and Bendigo Streets.
In the 1970s, the suburb began to gentrify , with much of the remaining old housing stock being renovated and restored. The area had a substantial Greek population and many took advantage of the rise in property values during the 1980s, paving the way for further development and a subsequent shift in demographics.
During the 1990s, the population increased markedly, with demand for
inner-city living fuelling a medium-density housing boom, which
continues in the area, as part of the
In Prahran, 61.2% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were England 4.2%, Greece 3.5%, New Zealand 3.4%, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan) 1.6% and India 1.3%.
Prahran Rechabite Hall, part of the University of
Prahran is home to a large collection of architecturally significant commercial buildings, with many on the Victorian Heritage Register .
The Chapel Street section of Prahran is notable for its collection of turn of the century emporiums and large buildings, which include:
* Prahran Arcade - Built in 1889 on Chapel Street, is a richly detailed building both externally and internally. Retains the original arcade, but decorative roof was removed in the 1950s. Also known locally as "Birdland" due to pigeons which once bred in the recessed balconies of the building and the large eagles which adorn the facade, but are now screened by chicken wire. Was a Dan Murphy\'s cellar for many years, but currently a JB HiFi store. Now heritage registered. * Reads Emporium - Built in 1914 on the corner of Chapel Street and Commercial Road. A landmark of the area. Its twin beacons, which sit atop large copper clad domes, were once visible like lighthouses for miles around, but no longer operate. During the 1970s, the site traded as a department store under the name Moore's before the lower stories were converted into shops in the 1980s and named " Pran Central ". The upper stories were restored and converted into fashionable apartments in 2005. Now heritage registered. * Big Store - Built in 1902 and closed in 1968 on Chapel Street. A second store, almost as large as the main store, once stood in the carpark to the west, beyond Cato Street, linked by cross-over walkways. This large Edwardian building is currently used by Coles Supermarkets . * Maples Corner - Built in 1910 on the corner of Chapel and High Streets. Converted into offices in the 1980s and many deteriorating decorative features were replaced with post modern elements. * Love "> Double storey Victorian terraces in Wattle Street Gates to Princes Gardens
Residential Prahran consists of mostly single storey Victorian and Edwardian terrace houses, with some larger double storey terraces closer to the main shopping strips. A public housing high rise estate is located on King Street, adjoining Princes Gardens.
Prahran features many small gardens scattered throughout the suburb, which are largely hidden. The former Greville Botanical Gardens, now "Grattan Gardens", are off Greville Street, on Grattan Street. Subdivisions have caused incursions to what is now a narrow strip, with a playground and heritage pavilion. The Princes Gardens are a small garden, which features Chapel Off Chapel , an old church converted into a theatre, as well as the Prahran skate park, home to the best vert skateboarding facilities in Victoria. Victoria Gardens, off High Street, is a Victorian era garden, with a main space consisting of a circular row of London plane trees and an angel statue. The Orrong Romanis Park is the largest park in Prahran.
Prahran is serviced by Prahran Station , on the Sandringham line , as well as trams routes 5 , 6 , 64 , 72 and 78 .
Graham Berry - Colonial politician, and 11th
Premier of Victoria
City of Prahran - A former local government area
Electoral district of Prahran
* ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Prahran (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 July 2012. * ^ "Prahran, Victoria". Australian Places. Monash University. Archived from the original on 21 August 2006. Retrieved 25 July 2013. * ^ John Butler Cooper On-line Archived 16 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine . - see Chapter 1 section 5 * ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 11 April 2008. * ^ "South Suburban Melbourne: 1854-1864.". Victorian Historical Journal. 5 (20): 183. 1917. Retrieved 2013-09-25. * ^ Fire destroys third National Theatre building(see National Theatre Facebook site) * ^ Making their mark - Susan Priestley * ^ George Negus Tonight - Raelene Boyle * ^ "Keith Campbell career statistics". motogp.com. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
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