Hooray for Clyde

Clyde Time Line

How Clyde Got Its Name

Clyde-Then and Now

Where is Clyde Located?

A Dictionary of Clyde

The Story
Behind This Website

Clyde 2009 (Map)

Walking History Tour (Map)
for downloading


History for Students

Stories and Inquests

Clubs and Organisatons


What about the first Clyde?
The River Clyde is a major river in western Scotland, navigable by ocean-going vessels as far as Glasgow.
It is the third longest river in Scotland and was an important river for shipbuilding and trade
in the British Empire.


Clyde District Information
Statistical Snap-shot of Clyde Area

Clyde is 48 km (29.7 miles) from Melbourne's CBD with a population of 1,188. Compared to 1911 technicians and trade workers have replaced farmers as the dominant occupation.
In 2011 seventy of the Clyde people were seventy years of age and over.

1893 Description of Clyde from Muncipal Directory
2011 Description of Clyde from Casey Council Community Profiles
CLYDE.-A scattered postal township 34 miles S.E. of Melbourne, 3 miles E, of Cranbourne, 5 from Berwick railway station and 1½ miles from Clyde station on Dandenong to Korumburra and Port Albert railway line, 30¾ miles; fares, 5s 7d. and 3s. 8d. It has State school, two churches and public hall. Population, chiefly small farmers numbering about 260. The soil is loamy.

(Ed. Cranbourne had a population of 200 in the same year.)

Comments from the Australian Bureau of Statistics

At the 1911 Census, 42% of the population were living in rural areas. By 2006, only 12% of Australians were located in rural areas, while
just over three quarters (77%) were in towns and cities within 50 km of the coast.
In 1911, 83% of people were born in Australia and this increased at every Census until the 1947 Census (90%).
After this point, with the increase in immigration following
the end of World War II, the proportion of people born in
Australia has steadily fallen.

  Location and boundaries
CLYDE-CLYDE NORTH is bounded by Grices Road and a line running continuous of Grices Road in the north, the Cardinia Creek, McCormacks Road, Pound Road and Tooradin Station Road in the east, Lynes Road and the South Gippsland Highway in the south and the suburb of Cranbourne East, Ballarto Road, Clyde-Five Ways Road and Berwick-Cranbourne Road in the west.
Settlement History
Settlement of the area dates from the 1860s when a village was established. Land was used mainly for farming and grazing. Some growth took place from the 1880s into the early 1900s, spurred by the construction of the railway line. The most significant development occurred in the post-war years. The population increased slightly during the 1990s, and then declined slightly between 2001 and 2006. The population was relatively stable between 2006 and 2011, a result of some new dwellings being added to the area, but a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling
Land use
Clyde - Clyde North is a predominantly rural area. Rural land is used mainly for market gardening, flower growing and grazing.
Major features
Major features of the area include Clyde Recreation Reserve, La Fontaine Winery and two schools.
Included areas
This small area includes most of the localities of Clyde and Clyde North, and part of the locality of Tooradin.

Below are some more selected statistics from the 2011 census
Australian born:

  933 (78.5%)
Indigenous 5 (o.5%)
Ancestors were mostly from:

(454 people or 38.2%)
(446 people or 37.5%)
(111 people or 9.4%)
(107 people or 9.0%)
( 83 people or 7.1%)
Majority of workers being:

Technicians and Trades Workers
118 (18.9%)
97 (15.5%)
Clerical & Administrative Workers
94 ( 15.1%)
74 (11.9%)
69 (11.0%)
Eligible Voters:
  792 (66.7%)
Major Industries:

92 (14.7%)
70 (11.2%)
Agriculture, Forestry,Fishing
66 (10.6%)
Retail Trade
57 (9.1%)

Religions in Clyde:

Christian total
722 (60.8%)
Non Christian total
53 (4.5%)
Non-classifiable religious belief
8 (0.7%)
No religion
314 (26.5%)
Not stated
89 (7.5%)
Service Age Groups:

Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)
80 (6.8%)
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)
124 (10.5%)
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)
96 (8.1%)
Tertiary education & independence (18 to 24)
123 (10.4%)
Young workforce (25 to 34)
153 (12.9%)
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)
249 (21.0%)
Older workers & pre-retirees (50 to 59)
168 (14.2%)
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)
119 (10.1%)
Seniors (70 to 84)
59 (5.0%)
Elderly aged (85 and over)
11 (1.0%)

1. Municipal Directory 1893 (available at Public Records Office, Victoria)
2. Casey Council Community Profile Community Profile for Clyde and Clyde North
3. Australian Bureau of Statistics The Average Australian