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Geelong West
GeelongVictoria
Geelong West Town Hall.JPG
The former City of Geelong West Town Hall
Population 12,121 (2006 census)
Postcode(s) 3218
LGA(s) City of Greater Geelong
State electorate(s) Geelong
Federal Division(s) Corio
Suburbs around Geelong West:
Hamlyn Heights North Geelong Drumcondra
Manifold Heights Geelong West Geelong CBD
Newtown Newtown Geelong CBD

Geelong West is a commercial and residential suburb of Geelong, Victoria, Australia. When Geelong was founded, the area was known as Kildare but its name was changed to Geelong West in 1875. The main street is Pakington Street.

History

Ashby was once a suburb of Geelong located in the area of Geelong West, west of Latrobe Terrace, between Aberdeen Street and Church Street. By 1850 this area had become known as Little Scotland, and Kildare. At this point, Ashby referred to the area between Autumn Street and Waratah Street.

In 1875 the entire Ashby area was renamed West Geelong. The Ashby state school, which had only opened that same year, changed its name to Geelong West. In 1988, as part of Australia's bicentennial celebrations, the school changed its name back to Ashby. A Post Office named Geelong West opened on 1 July 1865 but was replaced and renamed Geelong North Railway Station in 1886. On 1 April 1887 the Geelong West office reopened near its present location. In 1960 Shandeen Post Office opened near the corner of Aberdeen Road and Shannon Avenue.

Geelong West was served by an electric tramway service from 1912 until 1956, when the service was replaced by buses subcontracted out to Benders Buslines (currently owned by Kefford Corporation).

The M. Donaghy & Sons ropeworks factory was once located in Pakington Street, Geelong West. The site has been developed, with construction of a Woolworths Supermarket and space for specialty shops.

Heritage listed sites

Geelong West contains a number of heritage listed sites, including:

  • 22 Pakington Street, Harp Inn
  • 95 Pakington Street, Donaghy's Rope Walk
  • 233 Pakington Street, Reformed Church of Geelong
  • 9 Gertrude Street, Residence
  • 202 Aberdeen Street, Shearers Arms Hotel
  • 127 Elizabeth Street, St Elmo

Pako Festa

The Pako Festa is an annual festival held in Pakington Street, Geelong West each year around late February. In 2006 it was held on 25 February. The festival is held to promote cultural diversity and show appreciation for the artwork and fashion designed by citizens of the Geelong area. This is a great family event that happens yearly and is highly recommended to all who could make it.

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