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History of Box Hill

Box Hill was settled over 150 years ago. From humble beginnings of grazing and orchards, Box Hill grew with the expansion of railway making travel to Melbourne easier.

Box Hill developed through a history of public and private investment, introducing a post office, shops, services, schools, parks and recreations facilities.

More than 50 years ago Box Hill was identified as one of five ‘District Centres’ by the Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works and a focus for growth and government investment. During this time a number of institutional buildings, such as the Box Hill Hospital, began to emerge.

During the 1980s Box Hill experienced significant growth with the development of a new shopping centre constructed above the Box Hill railway station and incorporating a new bus interchange. A new office precinct was also developed and numerous state and federal government agencies established offices in Box Hill bringing many professional jobs to the centre.

The period from 1990s to today has seen further growth in Box Hill, with the introduction of additional government and office buildings, expansions of the Box Hill Hospital, Epworth Hospital, Box Hill Institute of TAFE, police Station, Town Hall/Community Hub, and expansion of the shopping centre. A significant growth in residential development has occurred during this time, with the development of new houses, units, apartments and purpose built student accommodation.