Blackburn

The thing about black things is that they’re black. Like, for example, ashes and soot. Black as the ace of spades. Or more accurately, that part of the ace of spades that is coloured black. So it’s hard to tell which bits of Blackburn are burnt black and which bits were black before they were burnt. But things are pretty black there. Dark, even.

Despite this, Blackburn is not home to an enormous contingent of Melbourne’s goths, who tend in fact to shun the place (and indeed, to shun most places located outside of public transport’s Zone 1). But assuming that there’s nothing racist in the name, because that would be too bloody horrible to contemplate, and in the absence of a severe bushfire at around the time the place was named, there’s no clear explanation for how Blackburn got its name.

Although the theory of “inexpertly throwing darts with the name of poets written on them at a map of Melbourne” does have a certain charm.

Suburbs near Blackburn:

Doncaster Doncaster East Doncaster East Donvale
Box Hill North Blackburn North Blackburn North Nunawading
Box Hill Blackburn North Blackburn North Nunawading
Box Hill Blackburn Blackburn Nunawading
Box Hill Blackburn Blackburn Forest Hill
Box Hill South Blackburn Blackburn Forest Hill
Box Hill South Blackburn South Forest Hill Forest Hill
Burwood Burwood East Burwood East Burwood East