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Malvern, Victoria


The area of Malvern was first settled by Europeans in 1835.

John Gardiner was one of its first European settlers.[2] A small hamlet known as "Gardiners Creek" (1851 Melbourne Postal Directory) was settled, but it diminished with the gold rush. The nearby creek was also named Gardiners Creek. Gardiners Creek Road (now Toorak Road) ran from South Yarra, east to the junction of Gardiners Creek and onto the Gardiner Homestead, which is now the site of Scotch College.

In the 1860s the Gardiners Creek Roads Board was the forerunner of the Gardiners Creek Shire that then became Malvern Council.

Malvern Post Office opened on 1 January 1860 on Glenferrie Road, near Malvern Road. In 1892 this was renamed Malvern North, when a new Malvern office on Glenferrie Road, near Wattletree Road, replaced the Malvern Railway Station office.[3]

The then shire hall (later town hall) was built in 1886, on the corner of Glenferrie Road and High Street and later extended.

Prahran and Malvern Tramways Trust ran their first car out of Malvern depot on 30 May 1910.

Malvern is the original home of Malvern Star, once Australia's largest and most well-known bicycle manufacturer.[4]


Its main shopping attractions are Malvern Central, home to high-end department store David Jones and Glenferrie Road, housing a wide variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques.

There are several Victorian parks and gardens in Malvern, including Malvern Gardens, in Spring Road.

The Stonnington City Centre (formerly Malvern Town Hall), in Second Empire style, is now the corporate headquarters for the City of Stonnington.

Significant heritage buildings listed on the Victorian Heritage Register include Stonington mansion (1890), Malvern tram depot, the former ES&A Bank (on the corner of Glenferrie Road and High Street) and the Malvern railway station.

Other significant buildings include St Joseph's Parish Church (Roman Catholic) and De La Salle College tower building. There is also an Anglican Parish Church dedicated to St George and a Presbyterian Church.


The Malvern tram depot, located on Glenferrie Road, provides trams for the various routes which service Malvern.

Malvern station is a busy station, on the Frankston, Pakenham and Cranbourne lines. In addition, Tooronga station also services the northern section of the suburb, on the Glen Waverley line.


  • De La Salle College, Malvern
  • Malvern Primary School, Tooronga Road
  • St Joseph's Primary School
  • Malvern Central School, Spring Road

Notable citizensEdit


See alsoEdit

  • City of Malvern – Malvern was previously within this former local government area.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Malvern (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 September 2017.  
  2. ^ Leslie J. Wilmoth, 'Gardiner, John (1798–1878)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 1, MUP, 1966, p. 425.
  3. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
  4. ^ Canberra Bicycle Museum "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 March 2008. Retrieved 19 March 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ AustLit. "Bresciani, Andrea". Retrieved 13 September 2016 (subscription required for full access).

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