Mulgrave, Victoria

Mulgrave is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 21 km south-east of Melbourne's central business district.[2] Its local government area is the City of Monash. At the 2016 Census, Mulgrave had a population of 19,368.[3]

Mulgrave is located in Melbourne
Location in metropolitan Melbourne
Coordinates37°55′41″S 145°10′26″E / 37.928°S 145.174°E / -37.928; 145.174Coordinates: 37°55′41″S 145°10′26″E / 37.928°S 145.174°E / -37.928; 145.174
Population19,368 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,745/km2 (4,519/sq mi)
Area11.1 km2 (4.3 sq mi)
Location21 km (13 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s)City of Monash
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)Hotham
Suburbs around Mulgrave:
Notting Hill Wheelers Hill Scoresby
Clayton Mulgrave Rowville
Springvale Noble Park North Dandenong North
Mulgrave VIC 3170, Australia - panoramio

The suburb takes its name from Mulgrave Castle in the County of York. Sir George Phipps, the Earl of Mulgrave in the Peerage of Great Britain would serve as the Governor of Victoria between 1879 and 1884.

Most notably, the suburb gave its name to the Mulgrave Freeway, which was later renamed to the Monash Freeway.


Mulgrave Parish, as it was then known, was first settled in 1839 by Thomas Napier, a Scottish Builder who first reached the Colony of Victoria in the mid-1830s. Napier settled on the banks of the Dandenong Creek and built his homestead in Bushy Park Wetlands, and what is now Jells Park. None of the original homesteads remain, though some were demolished as late as the latter part of the 20th century. Remains of some homesteads have been uncovered during the construction of the EastLink Tollway, temporarily halting work while they were archaeologically examined.

From Parish to shireEdit

Mulgrave remained a Parish until 19 January 1857 when it, and the neighbouring Parish of Oakleigh were gazetted as the Road District of Mulgrave and Oakleigh respectively. A Mulgrave Post Office opened on 1 January 1869 but was renamed Wheelers Hill in 1888.[4]

On 1 December 1871 further changes saw the two Road Districts merged to become the Shire of Oakleigh. For twenty years Mulgrave effectively ceased to exist until 1891 when, on 13 March, the Shire of Oakleigh was divided to form the Borough of Oakleigh and the Shire of Mulgrave. In 1904 Mulgrave Post Office reopened and closed again in 1956.[4]

Reduction of sizeEdit

Throughout its history, Mulgrave has been plagued by the shifting of its borders and the reduction of its total size. Its borders remained relatively unchanged until 1949 when land was transferred from the Shire to Oakleigh. This occurred again a decade later with the Shire of Mulgrave now reduced to 23 square miles (60 km2). As a part of the changes, offices for the Shire were opened in present-day Notting Hill.

Despite such reductions, it was in April 1961 that the Shire saw the biggest reduction in land, when it was gazetted as the City of Waverley. Having been a parish and a shire, Mulgrave was now reduced to a suburb. The third Mulgrave Post Office opened in 1967 and closed in 1978. Meanwhile, a Mulgrave North (later Brandon Park) office opened in 1971, and a Mulgrave East (later Waverley Gardens) office opened in 1978.

Present dayEdit

Mulgrave is one of the few Victorian suburbs split into two distinct areas, with each sharing the common name but not prefixing it with ‘East' or ‘West’. This came about as a result of the renaming of parts of Mulgrave to Wheelers Hill, Victoria in the late 1990s. So separated by distance are the two parts that a group local residents from the South Eastern area campaigned, albeit unsuccessfully, in 2004 to have the area renamed to Waverley Park, Victoria.

Greatly reduced in size and presence, Mulgrave is now best known for "Jacksons Road", which runs through the eastern part of the suburb. Jacksons Road is familiar to many Melburnians due to the Jacksons Road Interchange with the Monash Freeway. The Jacksons Road Interchange is a VicRoads timing point for traffic travelling to/from the City.[5] Jacksons Road is a common point of reference for radio news traffic reports when broadcasting travel times into/from the city travelling on the Monash Freeway. Other major points of interest in Mulgrave are the Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre, the Village Green Hotel on the south-west corner of Springvale and Ferntree Gully Roads, the Sunday Mulgrave Farmers' Market on the corner of Jacksons and Wellington Roads, and the former Waverley Park AFL/VFL football ground, now a redeveloped housing estate.


Metropolitan buses run through this area as well as two popular SmartBus routes and the original hourly services. Most of these bus routes are run by Grenda's Bus Services,[6] now Ventura Bus Lines.[7]


The suburb has multiple Australian Rules football teams, The Mulgrave Lions, competing in the local Eastern Football League and the Mazenod Old Collegians FC competing in the Victorian Amateur Football Association.

There is also a Mulgrave Cricket Club and a Mulgrave Junior Cricket Club as well as the Mazenod Cricket Club which compete in both compete the Eastern Cricket Association. Mulgrave Cricket Club also competes in the southern churches and district association.

The Mulgrave lions and the Mulgrave cricket club share the same home ground of Mulgrave reserve which is off Garnett Road.[1] There is also the St Pauls Cricket Club and the Wellington Tennis Club at Southern Reserve on Police Road, as well as the Mulgrave Country Club Cricket club located at Wellington Reserve.[8]

[2] Mazenod College is based in Mulgrave and offers a number of sporting clubs through its Old Collegian’s Association that is open to members of the community as well as current and former students.

[3] Mazenod Cricket Club offers cricket for juniors, seniors and veterans. The club offers 5 senior teams, 6 junior teams and a veterans team. Players at the top levels of both seniors and juniors compete on turf wickets with the rest competing on synthetic.

[4] Mazenod Football Club offers AFL rules footy for men and women in the VAFA competition. The Mazenod Panthers is affiliated with the footy club and offers AFL footy for people with an intellectual disability in the AFLVIC FIDA league.

[5] Mazenod Victory Soccer Club offers football (of the world game variety) to girls and boys as well as women and men.

[6] Mazenod Volleyball club is a very successful volleyball club operating out Mazenod College and competing in the Victorian state league.


Notable residentsEdit


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Mulgrave (Vic) (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 March 2018.  
  2. ^ a b Mulgrave Postcode Australia Post
  3. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Mulgrave (Vic.)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 December 2017.  
  4. ^ a b Phoenix Auctions History, Post Office List, retrieved 1 April 2021
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  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Grenda's Route Services
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  8. ^ Full Point Footy, Eastern Football League, archived from the original on 1 January 2009, retrieved 21 October 2008 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "The Premier". Premier of Victoria. Retrieved 17 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)