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Flemington’s history

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1830s, making Flemington one of the oldest areas in the City of Moonee Valley. The source of the name ‘Flemington’ was the subject of some debate, but is now generally acknowledged as being named after an estate in Scotland connected to the wife of James Watson, the first owner of the land that is now Flemington. Travancore is named after the historic mansion on the site, formerly the home of Hugh Glass, which was later renamed Travancore after a district in India.

At settlement, land was used mainly for grazing. Growth was minimal until the 1850s, with the first big expansion in the 1880s. Significant development occurred in the early 1900s.  In the 1920s and 1930s the land around the Travancore Mansion was subdivided, resulting in a great art deco legacy.

Growth continued in the post-war years, with many flats built in the 1960s and 1970s. The population declined slightly during the 1990s, but has since increased.

For more information about the history of Flemington, see our Heritage page and the Flemington Association’s heritage website.