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(3031, 4 km N, Moonee Valley City, Melbourne City)

Once a predominantly industrial suburb and the location of noxious trades and the Newmarket saleyards, Kensington is now primarily a residential suburb with newer housing developments at Lynch's Bridge and Kensington Banks. Named after Kensington near London, it is bounded on the west by the Maribyrnong River and Smithfield Road, on the south by Dynon Road and on the east by Moonee Ponds Creek. In 1882 Flemington and Kensington Borough was created after separation from Essendon and Flemington, and in 1905 became the Hopetoun Ward of the City of Melbourne. Flood-prone areas of the suburb were protected by the mid-20th century by pumping stations near Macauley railway station, and the former Seagull Swamp is now the J.J. Holland Park.

Andrew May