Monday, October 10, 2011
Discovering Footscray - Multicultural Melbourne
Every time I visit Melbourne, I spend a lot of time on the V/Line trains – mostly going up and down the Bendigo Line, as I visit the city (from Woodend), or go exploring further north. I am in love with the V/Line trains and the fabulous commuter service they provide all over the state of
and I’m always intrigued by the towns and suburbs I pass on any one journey. Victoria
Over the last couple of years, I’ve regularly passed the
suburb of Footscray and this trip (September-October), I finally made a point of stopping to explore the streets that stretch back from the station. I wasn’t disappointed. “It’s very Vietnamese,” someone had told me; “Lots of Africans,” said another; so I knew I would be happy there. I like the older parts of any city – all the more when they are filled with ethnic diversity and cultural interest. Melbourne
Located just 5km north of central Melbourne, Footscray has a population of around 12,000 people – maybe more – and its residents reflect the successive waves of immigration - from the early Italian and Yugoslav migrants to the current influx of Vietnamese, Indian and East Africans, who now call this shabby-yet-fascinating place, home.