|Population:||5035 (2006 Census)|
|Area:||0.8 km (0.3 sq mi)|
|Location:||8 km (5 mi) from Melbourne|
|Local Government Area:||City of Port Phillip|
|State District:||Caulfield, Prahran|
|Federal Division:||Melbourne Ports|
Balaclava is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, in Australia. It is situated in the south-east of the city in the St Kilda East area and is bounded by Inkerman Street to the north, Chapel Street to the west, Hotham Street to the east and Oak Grove and Los Angeles Court to the south. In terms of its cadastral division, Balaclava is in the parish of Prahran within the County of Bourke. As of 2006 the Australian Bureau of Statistics Census records has the population at 5,035 people.
The suburb was named after the Battle of Balaclava that took place on 25 October 1854 during the Crimean War.
The well known television celebrity Graham Kennedy spent part of his childhood in the Balaclava area. After his death, the local council placed a commemorative plaque on the house in which he lived.
Balaclava is home to much of Melbourne's Orthodox Jewish Community, consisting of both Hasidim and non-Hasidim. Within its confines are a number of kosher restaurants and shops that cater to the local and broader Melbourne Haredi communities.
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