City of Oakleigh

The City of Oakleigh was a local government area about 15 kilometres (9 mi) southeast of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The city covered an area of 30.30 square kilometres (11.70 sq mi), and existed from 1891 until 1994.

City of Oakleigh
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Location in Melbourne
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Former Council Chambers in Atherton Road
Population56,300 (1992)[1]
 • Density1,858.1/km2 (4,812/sq mi)
Area30.30 km2 (11.7 sq mi)
Council seatOakleigh
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LGAs around City of Oakleigh:
Malvern Waverley Waverley
Caulfield City of Oakleigh Springvale
Moorabbin Moorabbin Springvale


Oakleigh was initially part of the Oakleigh Road District in January 1857, which became the Shire of Oakleigh in December 1871. Parts of the Central and South Ridings were severed to create the Oakleigh Borough on 13 March 1891. The remainder was renamed the Shire of Mulgrave in 1897 and went on to become the City of Waverley.

On 16 April 1913, Oakleigh annexed part of the City of Caulfield, and went on to be declared a town on 19 February 1924 and a city on 2 August 1927. It annexed part of the Shire of Mulgrave on 15 December 1949, which became the East Ward, and on 1 October 1959, Oakleigh incorporated small areas of land from all surrounding areas.[2]

On 15 December 1994, the City of Oakleigh was abolished, and, along with the City of Waverley, was merged into the newly created City of Monash. The suburb of Clayton South was transferred to the City of Kingston, to join parts of the former City of Moorabbin.[3]

Council chambersEdit

When the rebuilt Oakleigh Mechanics' Institute was opened in July 1906, the council chambers were relocated there. This building, now known as Oakleigh Hall, is located in Drummond Street. In 1921, the chambers were relocated to a purpose-built facility in Atherton Road, which currently houses the Monash Seminar & Training Centre.[4]


The City of Oakleigh was subdivided into four wards on 1 April 1985, each electing three councillors:[2]

  • North Ward
  • South Ward
  • East Ward
  • West Ward



Year Population
1954 24,305
1958 29,200*
1961 48,017+
1966 52,743
1971 57,284
1976 54,532
1981 55,612
1986 55,764
1991 55,151

* Estimate in the 1958 Victorian Year Book.
* Includes all territory added in 1959.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics, Victoria Office (1994). Victorian Year Book. p. 49. ISSN 0067-1223.
  2. ^ a b Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 446–447, 521–522. Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
  3. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (1 August 1995). Victorian local government amalgamations 1994-1995: Changes to the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (PDF). Commonwealth of Australia. p. 9. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 16 December 2007. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Centenary of Oakleigh Mechanics' Institute". News & Events. Monash City Council. 23 September 2006. Archived from the original on 12 November 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

Coordinates: 37°54′47″S 145°06′07″E / 37.913°S 145.102°E / -37.913; 145.102