Known for years when first settled by white pioneers as Little Berwick, Beaconsfield grew around the Cardinia Creek, and a hotel built on a squatters license, originally named the Gippsland Hotel (the creek at the time marked the boundary between the central region of Victoria and Gippsland). It was, in fact, Janet Bowman, the widow of the original owner David, who was responsible for the clearing of the road that would become The Princes Highway. She employed two men to clear a path to the Gippsland gold fields from the hotel, providing the hotel with sufficient trade.
Beaconsfield was the name originally given to what is now Upper Beaconsfield; this changed when the railway line was built through in 1877, and a station constructed. For whatever reason, the railway named the station Beaconsfield and thus, the settlement.
The post office was constructed in 1878 (and still stands today) and has thrived since the introduction of the railway.
As at the 2016 Census, the population stood at 6,714, and is still one of Australia’s fastest growing suburbs.
Postal code: 3807
LGA(s): Shire of Cardinia
State electorate(s): Gembrook
Federal division: Division of LaTrobe