Print Companies in Abbotsford
Abbotsford was one of the earliest areas of Melbourne to be subdivided, and eventually become an industrial hub with brewing at its centre – smaller firms like print companies and packaging grew up around this as well as a residential area.
As part of what was to become the City of Collingwood, home of the Magpies’ AFL football club, it had a poor Irish population and an unenviable reputation for disease, with regular flooding by the Yarra River during winter months. In those days property speculation was rife, and blocks for sale grew smaller with each subdivision. A National Trust relic of those days remains – the ‘Doll’s House’ workers’ cottage, 2.5m wide and two matchbox-sized rooms deep.
Not surprisingly, with Abbotsford’s industrial beginnings, there is still ample and impressive industrial architecture around – with a protective interest in these and some dignified old residences being taken by the National Trust – though many old factories have been converted for housing. Yet not all. Industry of many kinds still thrives here, including the printing industry, providing a range of services from digital printing and business cards, to full colour printing. Abbotsford, after all, is less than 10km from Melbourne’s CBD, and at the centre of a major roads system, as well as being well serviced by public transport.
Ethnically diverse since massive migration after World War 2, Abbotsford now has a large ethnic Vietnamese population, with the main thoroughfare Victoria Street renowned as a bustling Asian marketplace and the place for great Asian food. Victorian cottages and terraces are no longer just the home of Melbourne’s poor but increasingly of young professionals. Dights Falls, named after one of Abbotsford’s founding landowners, provides boating and strolling recreation, where the Yarra River and Merri Creek meet. The old Abbotsford Convent houses an artists’ precinct and its grounds the Collingwood Children’s Farm, where anyone can cuddle a lamb or feed a calf.