Victoria Park & Zetland

zetlandAt this present time, the Victoria Park and Zetland areas is becoming a residential haven for inner city residents and is part of the grand plan for inner-city residential living. Once complete, there will be in excess of 3000 dwellings and 150,000 square meters of office and retail space. however; it has gone through many transformations throughout the last 120 years.

At the turn of the 20th Century, Zetland was home to the Victoria Park Racecourse (hence the name) which was bordered by O’Dea and Joynton Avenue. The racecourse was privately owned by Sir James John Joynton Smith who was a hotelier and newspaper owner. it was the ‘first course in Australia to cater for ladies in the provision of retiring rooms’, it was a showplace for horse and pony racing and trotting, the most modern and with the best facilities. It remained a racetrack up until the outbreak of World War II.

After World War II, the racecourse was closed and purchased by British Motor Corporation for a car plant manufacturing Morris, MG and Austin cars for the Australian market. this operated until the mid 1970’s when the plant was closed down and was acquired by the Commonwealth of Australia and used as a Naval Stores Depot. This continued through to the 90’s until the development for high-density housing was put fourth.

 

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