Suburb Profiles

Throwback: The History Of Hoppers Crossing

November 05, 2020

Hoppers Crossing is a suburb in the south-west of Melbourne, Victoria and is located within the City of Wyndham.

The suburbs name originated from local residents of the area, Stephen Hopper.

Hoppers Crossing only had a general store up until 1963. It wasn’t until 1983 where we saw the suburb opening its own shopping centre which included a Target, Safeway but now known as Woolworths and only 10 other retailer stores.

The first primary school to open in the area was Mossfiel Primary School which opened in 1970 and is still open to this day. The red river gum of the Werribee River Valley is the reason for the school uniform colours which are now green and gold.

Hoppers Crossing railway station first opened on the Werribee line on the 16th November 1970 which was located on the western side of Old Geelong Road. In 1980 proposals were made for the station due to stationary trains blocking the level crossing, the station was relocated eastern side of the crossing in 1983.

Land began to be subdivided in 1963 by former shearer Baden Powell. The first blocks sold all those years ago sold for only six hundred dollars. Powell was a very dedicated Richmond fan so many of the street names were named after former Richmond Football players.

Fun Facts

  • According to the 2016 Census, the population of Hoppers Crossing was 38,701
  • First Post Office opened on the 2nd June 1975
  • Australian triple Olympian Russell Mark calls Hoppers Crossing home
  • Skeleton Creek has been home to many native reptiles such as tiger snakes, brush
    tail possums and striped skinks just to name a few.

Mossfiel Primary School, Hoppers Crossing – Photo Credit: house.speakingsname.com

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