Keilor is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 18 km north-west of Melbourne’s central business district. Its local government areas are the Cities of Brimbank and Hume. At the 2016 Census, Keilor had a population of 5,853.
Whilst most of the suburb is contained within the City of Brimbank, the northern section of Keilor, north of the Calder Freeway, is within the City of Hume. This section of the suburb is located on the flood plain of the Maribyrnong River, and is home to many market gardens.
Keilor is a township in a basin of the Maribyrnong River. James Watson from Scotland was the first land-holder in the district. Keilor in the early times of the gold diggings was a noted camping place for bullock teams to and from the diggings at Castlemaine and Ballarat. Caroline Chisholm was responsible for having shelter sheds erected alongside the river; a reconstructed example has been built and may be viewed. The escorts from the goldfields passed through Keilor. They camped in a paddock near Keilor. This paddock was known as Escort Paddock and the remains of an old stone building is still to be seen there. The surrounding country is known by the name of the Keilor Plains and is of basaltic formation. Spanning the river was a wooden bridge which was replaced by an iron bridge in 1868. A new bridge had been built alongside the iron bridge. Both the Anglican and the Catholic Churches built during the early settlement years have been retained for future generations to view and to enjoy. They have been heritage listed.
About 1 million years ago lava covered the previous landscape and created basalt plains. Over time, the Maribyrnong River carved itself through the basalt plains.
Population: 5,853 as of 2016
Elevation: 85 m
Temp mean max: 10.2°c
Temp mean min: 21.1°c
Annual rainfall: 401.9mm
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