Beaumaris, Victoria

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Watkins Bay Beaumaris Victoria.jpg
Watkins Bay viewed from Ricketts Point
Beaumaris is located in Melbourne
Coordinates37°58′59″S 145°02′36″E / 37.983°S 145.0434°E / -37.983; 145.0434Coordinates: 37°58′59″S 145°02′36″E / 37.983°S 145.0434°E / -37.983; 145.0434
Population13,349 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density2,567/km2 (6,650/sq mi)
Area5.2 km2 (2.0 sq mi)
Location20 km (12 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s)City of Bayside
State electorate(s)Sandringham
Federal Division(s)Goldstein
Suburbs around Beaumaris:
Black Rock Cheltenham Cheltenham
Port Phillip Beaumaris Mentone

Beaumaris (/bˈmɒrɪs/) is an affluent beachside suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 20 km south-east of Melbourne's central business district.[2] Its local government area is the City of Bayside. At the 2011 Census, Beaumaris had a population of 12,829. It is located on Port Phillip.


Beaumaris includes two early estates in the parish of Moorabbin developed by Josiah Holloway from 1852. Named Beaumaris Town and Beaumaris Estate (after the pastoral run in the area and ultimately after Beaumaris in Wales), the lots comprising them were marketed by Mr Holloway's suggesting that the railway was imminent and a canal would be built.[3] The township developed slowly, a Post Office opened on 1 March 1868, but was replaced next month by Gipsy Village office (now Sandringham). Beaumaris Post Office did not reopen until 1925. In 1957 this was renamed Beaumaris South when a new Beaumaris office opened in the current location. In 1954 Cromer Post Office opened to the north of the suburb.[4]

Beaumaris Tram Company[edit]

From 1889 to 1914 the Beaumaris Tram Company conducted a horse-drawn tram service from Sandringham to Cheltenham through Beaumaris. It closed due to high costs and low patronage.[5] There are no remains to be found of the line, but it is remembered by the name of the suburban street that it once used - Tramway Parade, Beaumaris.


Beaumaris High School, which opened in 1958, became the Beaumaris Campus of Sandringham College, catering to years 7-10, from 1988 until 2015. A new high school catering for years 7-12, Beaumaris Secondary College, was built on the same site at the corner of Reserve Road and Balcombe Road and opened in January 2018. There are three primary schools, Beaumaris Primary School, which was first opened in 1915 on the site of the Beaumaris Tennis Club on Bodley Street, and later moved to its current site in Dalgetty Road as the population of the school grew; Beaumaris North Primary School, which first opened in 1959; and Stella Maris Primary School (Roman Catholic).

Beaumaris Campus burned down in 1958.[citation needed]

Beaumaris Primary School Administration and some of the classrooms were burnt down in 1994.


Major thoroughfares in Beaumaris include Balcombe Road, Reserve Road, Beach Road, Haydens Road and Charman Road.

Beaumaris is serviced regularly by the following bus routes:

These routes connect with the Cheltenham, Mentone, and Sandringham railway stations.

Bayside's bike path runs through Beaumaris, alongside Beach Road.

Ricketts Point[edit]

Photograph of dog on the rocks at Ricketts Point
Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary, Beaumaris

The most prominent landmarks of this suburb are on its coastline, and include the Beaumaris Cliff, from Charman Road to Table Rock, which is of international importance as a site for marine and terrestrial fossils, and Ricketts Point, which is next to a 115 hectare Marine Sanctuary and popular beach area. The coastal waters from Table Rock Point in Beaumaris to Quiet Corner in Black Rock and approximately 500 metres to seaward formally became the Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary under state legislation passed in June 2002.

Marine Care Ricketts Point Inc., a volunteer organisation concerned with the preservation of the marine sanctuary, is active at Ricketts Point.

Beaumaris Conservation Society Inc. was founded in 1953 as the Beaumaris Tree Preservation Society and has been active since then in championing the conservation of the substantial amount of remaining indigenous vegetation in Beaumaris and its other significant environmental qualities. It is campaigning against a proposal for a large private marina proposed for the Beaumaris Bay Fossil Site.

Ricketts Point is also home to the Beaumaris Life Saving Club, which holds yearly Life Saving Carnivals in the summer.

Heidelberg school artists[edit]

Commemorative plaque near the foreshore.

Near Ricketts Point, there is a monument commemorating the first encounter of Arthur Streeton and Heidelberg school artists Tom Roberts and Fred McCubbin. Their paintings of Beaumaris are also part of the City of Bayside Coastal Art Trail.

Clarice Beckett, Autumn Morning (Early Morning, Beaumaris).


Notable residents[edit]

  • Clarice Beckett lived in Beaumaris and painted many landscapes of the area.
  • Hugh Gemmell Lamb-Smith, Australian educator who landed at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915, and son of former President of the Moorabbin Shire Council, was born at Mrs Ricketts' Dinas Bran, in Wells Road, Beaumaris (then part of "Cheltenham") on 31 March 1889.


At the 2011 census, the suburb of Beaumaris recorded a population of 12,829 people. Of these:[6]

Age distribution: Residents tend to be somewhat older than the country overall. The median age was 44 years, compared to the national median of 37 years. Children aged under 15 years made up 19.7% of the population (national average is 19.3%) and people aged 65 years and over made up 18.4% of the population (national average is 14.0%). The difference is most marked in the age group 24-34, which accounts for 5.5% of residents, compared to 13.8% nationally.
Ethnic diversity: 75% were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 70%; the next most common countries of birth were England 7.0%, New Zealand 1.8%, Scotland 1.2%, South Africa 1.1% and Germany 1.0%. At home, 89% of residents only spoke English; the next most common languages spoken at home were Greek 1.5%, German 1.2%, Italian 0.8%, Mandarin 0.6% and Russian 0.5%.
Finances: The median household weekly income was $1,907, compared to the national median of $1,234. This difference is also reflected in real estate, with the median mortgage payment being $2,383 per month, compared to the national median of $1,800.
Transport: On the day of the Census, 9.5% of employed people travelled to work on public transport, and 67.5% by car (either as driver or as passenger).
Housing: The great majority (83%) of occupied dwellings were separate houses, 13% were semi-detached, 3.5% were flats, units or apartments and 0.5% were other dwellings. The average household size was 2.7 people.
Religion: The most common religious affiliation was "No Religion" (27%); the next most common responses were Catholic (26%), Anglican (21%), Uniting Church (6%) and Eastern Orthodox (3%).


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Beaumaris (Vic) (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 13 April 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Postcode for Beaumaris, Victoria".
  3. ^ Kingston Local History, Josiah Holloway, archived from the original on 21 November 2008, retrieved 22 October 2008
  4. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
  5. ^ "Beaumaris Tram Company". Kingston Local History. Retrieved 2016-08-23.
  6. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Beaumaris (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 12 February 2013. Edit this at Wikidata

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