Leopold

The spreading suburb of Leopold lies on both sides of the Bellarine Highway, with small shopping areas in each part.

Leopold is on high ground but has several waterholes and wetlands around its perimeter. One has been made into the Gateway Sanctuary reserve.

Boating is popular among residents since the town enjoys quick access to jetties along Corio Bay, a short drive to the north. Leopold also enjoys proximity to the dramatic beaches and bays around Queenscliff, Point Lonsdale and Ocean Grove.

History

The town was called Kensington before it was renamed Leopold in 1892, after Queen Victoria's son, the Duke of Albany. It was established in 1852 after other small subdivisions had failed. Initially, buildings were of wattle and daub, or even canvas.

Later there were paling houses with wooden roof shingles. Proximity to Point Henry attracted settlers who had been to the goldfields and wanted to buy small farms. The first church services were held in different pioneers' homes - according to denomination.

In 1885, Kensington was described as a good fruit-growing area with a population of 100 people living within a mile of the post office. Early postal activities were conducted from the first shops in the area. And the famously named hotel - the Help Me Through The World Hotel - operated on the Portarlington Road, towards Curlewis.

Leopold remained a rural community until the 1960s, when industrial development at Moolap and Point Henry made Leopold an attractive place to live. Its population doubled between 1961 and 1971 and doubled again in the following decade.

Postcode: 3224

Council Ward: Bellarine,

Surrounding Suburbs/Towns: Connewarre, Curlewis, Moolap, Wallington,

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Allanvale Pre-School
24 Allanvale Avenue Leopold 3224 VIC Australia
Eastside Calisthenics College
Leopold Old Time Dance Hall, 805-809 Bellarine Highway, Leopold 3224 VIC Australia
Heart Foundation Australia (Leopold Walking Group)
135 Kensington Rd Leopold 3224 VIC Australia
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Mollers Lne Leopold 3224 VIC Australia
Kensington Grange
1-13 Ferguson Road, Leopold 3224 VIC Australia
Kezza Black Art
787 Bellerine Highway, Leopold 3224 VIC Australia
Leopold and District Community Association
1 Kensington Road Leopold 3224 VIC Australia
Leopold Community & Learning Centre
45 Ash Road Leopold 3224 VIC Australia
Leopold Cricket Club Incorporated
Leopold Recreation Reserve Melaluka Rd Leopold 3224 VIC Australia
Leopold Football Netball Club Inc
Leopold Memorial Recreation Reserve Melaluka Rd Leopold 3224 VIC Australia
Leopold Kindergarten
29 Kanimbla Avenue Leopold 3224 VIC Australia
Leopold Lodge
52-60 Ash Road Leopold 3224 VIC Australia
Leopold Primary School
1 Kensington Road (Corner Bellarine Highway) Leopold 3224 VIC Australia
Leopold Senior Citizens Club
805 Bellarine Hwy Leopold 3224 VIC Australia
Leopold World of Learning Centre
31-33 Melaluka Road Leopold 3224 VIC Australia
Lions Club of Leopold
Melaluka Road Leopold 3224 VIC Australia

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