Located in the city of Monash in Melbourne’s south east, Notting Hill is one of the smallest post codes in Australia measuring a postage stamp size of 0.8Km2. The postcode was dominated by farms until the 1950s when a housing estate was established. Today there is a residential area east of Blackburn Road nestling up to the Monash Freeway. Further west, the postcode blends in with a very busy waste transfer station, business parks, technology shops, a handful of retail shops and then it quickly merges into an industrial area.
Notting Hill, not to be confused with the movie of the same name or the London Suburb, is a microcosm of what Melbourne is all about: multi-cultural, retail, housing, employers and industry. It is bordered by Monash University, the CSIRO and is minutes away from the massive Chadstone shopping centre – the contrast could not be more extreme.
The Nott (or formally, the Noting Hill Hotel) was opened in 1891 and remains an obvious presence on the corner of Ferntree Gully Road and Gardener Road a stone throw or so from Bunnings, a BP petrol station and a fast food outlet – convenience plus for locals and those that pass through along the busy Ferntree Gully and Clayton Roads.
The 2011 census recorded just 2,161 residents, this swells during the working day to many times this figure as local employers.
Pictures and words by Alan Bennett.