On the Frankston line, toward the southern end of Kingston, hop off at Chelsea and you’ll find yourself in a nice long stretch of shops and cafes. Walk away from the beach and picture yourself, 100 years ago, amongst other Chelsea residents having a night out at the cinema (the building’s still there, at 318 Station Street opposite the station). Tucked behind the police station, the Chelsea Library will have you covered for books, movies and music. Or wander west and find yourself gazing out to Port Philip Bay. This is the heart of the popular beachside suburb, initially known as Long Beach (can you guess why?). Long Beach stretched from Mordialloc Creek in Mordialloc to Keast Park in Seaford. This area also included Edithvale, Bonbeach and Carrum.
Chelsea was first surveyed in 1865. Land was then offered up for sale and Chelsea began its life. Residents started plugging away at their market gardens and farms. From 1905 to 1910, beachside blocks sold cheaply, but house prices started their climb soon after. After World War II ended in 1945, families searched for cheap housing and they found an affordable and desirable spot in Chelsea.
Let’s look at some Chelsea quick facts:
- Chelsea is bounded by Craigie Avenue, Elsie Grove, Randall Avenue, and Famechon Road in the North, the Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands and the secondary drain in the East, an alignment to the south of Bicentennial Park, Glenbrook Avenue, Golden Avenue, the Nepean Highway and Shenfield Avenue in the South and Port Phillip Bay in the West.
- Chelsea is 3 km2 and 30 km from Melbourne
- The State electorate Chelsea is in the District of Mordialloc.
- The Federal electorate for Chelsea is the Division of Isaacs.
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