St. Kilda is a suburb of Melbourne, Australia with a population over 16,000. It was established in 1839 with its own Local government area as “City of Port Phillip”, and an inner city suburb just 3.7 miles outside of the Melbourne Center. The area was named after a schooner Lady of St. Kilda which was moored at this beach for most of 1841 by Charles La Trobe and the ship’s master James Ross Lawrence. During the Victorian era, this suburb was most popular amongst Melbourne’s elite which led to the construction of numerous palatial mansions in the hood along the hills and waterfront. It became similar in function through time as New York City’s Coney Island did to NYC with a very similar parallel, even involving popular amusement parks. Postwar it became Melbourne’s Red Light Distric with low-cost rooming houses. Then it became the area of Melbourne known for its bohemian inhabitants, artisans, musicians, punks, LGBT, techno scene, and subcultures. St. Kilda is the focal point of “Luna Park”, the Esplanade Hotel, Acland Street, and Fitzroy Street, as well as St. Kilda Beach with its theaters, festivals, and events.
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