Belgrave is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 35 km east from Melbourne's central business district. Its Local Government Area is the Shire of Yarra Ranges. At the 2006 Census, Belgrave had a population of 4094. Belgrave is only 16 years younger than Melbourne CBD.
Belgrave was first settled in 1851.
Belgrave was named after an 1840s chapel in Leeds, Yorkshire, England; the name carried by Mr and Mrs R.G. Benson when they came to Melbourne in 1856. Their sons, the Benson Brothers, settled in the Belgrave district in the 1870s. A Post Office opened in the area around 1904. Many men from Belgrave went to war, and there is a war memorial in Belgrave.
Most of the commercial district of Belgrave is located on Main Street, which is at the end of Burwood Highway. There are also shops on Bayview Road, which is located just across the rail bridge. Belgrave has galleries and bookshops. The most notable bookshop would have to be The Belgrave Book Barn, located right next to the Cameo Theatre. There is an organic and fair trade emphasis amongst some businesses including Belgrave Organics, at least four cafés serving fairtrade coffee (Earthly Pleasures Organic Café, Café Green Bean, Reel Café and Main St. Café). There are two retro clothing stores (Walk in Wardrobe and The Silver Compac). There is a Safeway supermarket, three hairdressing salons, a building design (drafting) service, a pharmacy, a butcher, a dry cleaner, three bakeries, a newsagency, a cinema, a few fast food outlets, restaurants, a Centrelink centre, a pub and a few bars/lounges, two banks (the Commonwealth Bank and the Bendigo Bank) as well as a public library. It also has a very active Traders Association. JB Hi-Fi plan to open a store in Belgrave between 2012 and 2014.
An attraction is the heritage narrow gauge, steam-operated Puffing Billy Railway, which was reopened in 1962—after four years of restoration by volunteers—and travels through 24 kilometers of cool temperate rainforest. It is also the terminus of the Belgrave Suburban Electric Railway Line.
Other nearby attractions include The 1000 Steps, Sherbrooke Forest and Sherbrooke Falls in the Dandenong Ranges National Park.
Belgrave has a park 3 km from the Main Street.
The Cameo Cinema has six cinemas, with Cinema 1 dating to the 1930s. There is an outdoor Cinema at the rear of the building, which is open only during the summer months (December to March). There is a music scene with live acts taking place at Rubys Lounge and the Scarab Bar. There is a recording studio. The historic property known as Glen Harrow Gardens has been featured on travel television programs.
Belgrave itself does not contain any state schools, with these being located in the neighbouring suburbs of Tecoma, Selby and Belgrave South. Upwey High School is the nearest state high school.
Two Catholic schools operate within Belgrave: St Thomas More's Primary School that was founded in 1963 by the parish of Belgrave, and is situated on Reynolds hill overlooking Belgrave and adjacent to St. Thomas More's Catholic Church, and Mater Christi College, a girls' secondary school located on Bayview Road.
This information has been sourced from Wikipedia