Heidelberg

Aside from being located directly above Delberg, which is, in turn, located directly above Loewdelberg, there is one thing that everyone knows about Heidelberg: it was the home of the Heidelberg school of artists. Except, of course, that it wasn’t. The Heidelberg school take their name from the area they painted, not the area they lived in. (They lived at Montsalvat in Eltham.)

Heidelberg got its name – in an indirect manner – from the university of Heidelberg in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. That particular university is, of course, famous for its fencing school, and that is the particular aspect that inspired the name.

In the 1850s, after the Eureka Stockade Rebellion, other means of dispute resolution were sought. Although no more legal than the rebellion had been, the practice of duelling had the advantage of only affecting the two people actually involved instead of hundreds. And after a few experiments involving pistol duels – which tended to result in fairly prompt attendance by the police – the decision was made to switch to fencing duels (swords being considerably quieter than guns). The practice continued well until the 1890s, by which time the area in which it took place – the high ridge line around about the modern location of the intersection of Waiora Rd and Bell St – was well known in the popular imagination as Heidelberg.

Suburbs near Heidelberg:

Reservoir La Trobe University La Trobe University Macleod Macleod Yallambie
Reservoir Heidelberg West Heidelberg Heights Heidelberg Heights Rosanna Viewbank
Preston Heidelberg West Heidelberg Heights Heidelberg Heights Rosanna Viewbank
Preston Heidelberg West Heidelberg Heights Heidelberg Heights Heidelberg Bulleen
Preston Bellfield Heidelberg Heights Heidelberg Heights Heidelberg Bulleen
Thornbury Ivanhoe Ivanhoe Ivanhoe Eaglemont Ivanhoe East