Carrum, Victoria

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Carrum from across Patterson River.jpg
Carrum from across Patterson River
Carrum is located in Melbourne
Coordinates38°04′34″S 145°07′19″E / 38.076°S 145.122°E / -38.076; 145.122Coordinates: 38°04′34″S 145°07′19″E / 38.076°S 145.122°E / -38.076; 145.122
Population3,980 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density2,650/km2 (6,870/sq mi)
Area1.5 km2 (0.6 sq mi)
LGA(s)City of Kingston
State electorate(s)Carrum
Federal Division(s)Isaacs
Suburbs around Carrum:
Port Phillip Bonbeach Patterson Lakes
Port Phillip Carrum Patterson Lakes
Port Phillip Seaford

Carrum is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 33 km (21 mi) south-east from Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Kingston. At the 2016 census, Carrum had a population of 3,980.[1]

Public schools in Carrum include Patterson River Secondary College and Carrum Primary School.


The suburb of Carrum is located on what was originally part of the Carrum Carrum swamp. The Carrum Carrum Swamp was drained in 1879 when the Patterson Cut (formed in 1876), and other drainage measures were undertaken to prevent flooding of the Eumemmering Creek, which overflowed into the Carrum Carrum Swamp. The swamp opening was mostly only open during the Winter months, so heavy Spring and Summer rains often caused flooding to properties on the edge of the swamp area. It also often caused flood damage as far north as Edithvale. The only remnants of the Carrum Carrum Swamp now form the Ramsar-listed Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands.

Old Carrum had a proud horse-racing legacy, with stables located in Valetta Street and Tennyson Street belonging to trainers, including Robbie Laing, who is currently training Stars of Carrum.[2]

Carrum has its own railway station which opened in 1882, being the first Railway Station between Mordialloc and Frankston. Carrum Post Office opened on 1 February 1886, some time after the railway.[3]

In 1924 the Carrum Bowling Club was founded; in 1937 the Carrum Surf Life Saving Club was founded; in 1946 the Patterson River Motor Boat Club was founded at the original site of the Carrum Life Saving Club, which located to a new site 400 metres south; and in 1966 the Carrum Sailing Club was founded.



The Carrum Cricket Club was established in 1978 with its home ground in the heart of Carrum, in Graham Rd. The cricket club has won 16 senior Premierships since, initially in the FDCA and more recently in the Mornington Peninsula Cricket Association (MPCA). The club's President is Josh Dent, who is also the most recent 1st XI premiership captain, winning the MPCA Sub-District division in 2017/2018. The club has had two state representatives, with Jackson Fry and Lachy Dobson representing the Victorian Country XI.

The Club currently fields junior cricket sides in the MPCA with U10s, U12s, U14s, U16s and a girls side. Cricket Australia's Woolworths blast program is also held frequently by the club, with the aim being to create and manage a grassroots level of cricket for Primary School players.

Entrance to Roy Dore Reserve, Carrum


Carrum Football Club had a proud History from 1911 until it folded due to Financial issues in 1996. The Carrum Lions club colours were originally blue and gold, players wore a blue jumper with a gold yolk, this was later change to the Fitzroy Maroon and Blue with a CFC and a Lion on the Jersey. At the same time the club song was changed from the original - "Blue and Gold, Blue and Gold, we will be premiers and you will be told. At the end of the season, we will show you the reason, why Carrum's on top of them all" - to the song "It's a grand old Flag" used commonly by the Melbourne Demons.

Carrum Football Club competed in the various forms of local leagues including the Federal League as Chelsea - Carrum until 1914 when carrum went alone. The Carrum Lions won their first Premiership in the Federal League in 1921. They later joined the Peninsula District and later the Mornington Peninsula Football League and finally the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League where they won their Final Premiership in Division 2 in 1994.

Despite folding in 1996, key community members headed by Mark Bollen came together in 2013 and produced a Grand Final contending side in its very first year back. The team also managed to field a Reserves and Under 19's side in 2014.[4]

Premiership Flags

  • 1921 Premiers Carrum 7.17.59 d Hastings 7.4.46 played at Somerville
  • 1933 Runners up to Rosebud 8.12.60 vs Carrum 5.10.40 Played at Dromana
  • 1948 Premiers Carrum 17.7.109 d Rye 14.14.98 played at Mornington
  • 1955 Premiers carrum 6.13.49 d Rye 4.10.34 Played at Dromana
  • 1959 Premiers Carrum 11.14.80 d Hastings 12.7.79 Played at Mornington
  • 1963 2nd 18 Premiers
  • 1961 Runners Up Frankston 12.15.87 d Carrum 9.14.68 Played at Mornington
  • 1965 Runners up Edithvale Aspendale 11.6.72 d Carrum 8.13.61 Played at Mornington
  • 1966 Under 18s Premiers
  • 1966 2nd 18 Runners Up
  • 1968 2nd 18 Runners up
  • 1967 Runners Up Chelsea 20.18.138 d Carrum 11.21.87 Played at Mornington
  • 1973 Premiers Carrum 12.14.86 d Hastings 4.17.41 Played at Mornington
  • 1974 Premiers Carrum 11.17.83 d Mornington 11.13.79 Played at Mornington
  • 1974 2nd 18 Premiers
  • 1974 Under 18s Runners Up
  • 1975 Runners Up Hastings 18.19.127 d Carrum 10.13.73 Played at Mornington
  • 1976 Under 18s Runners up
  • 1994 Premiers 2nd Division

League Best and Fairest for Carrum FC include:

  • 2nds: L Wangaman 1959, Jack Jelly 1961, H Felmingham 1983
  • U18s/17s: 1969 Gary Guy, 1976 Robbie Laing, 1982 Wayne Norrish
  • U16s/15s: 1965 Paul Briggs, 1969 Mick Collier, 1971 Glenn Heath, 1983 Jeff Lord, 2006 Mitchell Dicker

Noted players include Ron Stubbs who gained an All Australia Guernsey in 1981 playing for Tasmania. Eric Guy was a noted tough man who played for St Kilda. His son Gary Guy played for Melbourne and Mark Czarnecki who played for Melbourne, Dandenong VFA and Frankston VFA.

Long Time Coaches included Ivan Guy, Norm Stephens, Mal Lord and John Francis Hoyne.

Carrum FC initially played its games at the oval at what is now Keast Park near the Riviera Hotel and moved to the Graham Road oval in the 20s. The Graham Road oval was renamed the Roy Dore reserve in 1985 in honor of long time Carrum CFA Captain, Life Saving Club life member and Football Club President, player and coach, Roy Dore.

Surf Lifesaving[edit]

Carrum Beach

Carrum Surf Life Saving Club competes at beach, pool and inflatable rescue boat carnivals held by Life Saving Victoria and Surf Life Saving Australia across Victoria and Australia - including the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships. Over their history the Carrum SLSC has hosted many carnivals, including several Royal Life Saving Society Victorian Championships.


Carrum is serviced by a government primary school, Carrum Primary School, which operates within Carrum and a government secondary school, Patterson River Secondary College, which operates from Seaford on the southern boundary of Patterson Lakes.

Local primary schools:

  • Carrum Primary School(closest)
  • Patterson Lakes Primary School
  • Seaford Primary School
  • Seaford North Primary School
  • Bonbeach Primary School
  • Chelsea Primary School
  • Chelsea Heights Primary School

Local high schools:

  • Patterson River Secondary College (Public)
  • Frankston High School (Public)
  • Mordialloc College (Public)
  • Parkdale Secondary College (Public)
  • St. Leonards College (Private, Cornish Campus)

Local Politics[edit]

Local government[edit]

In 2020, independent Cameron Howe was “comfortably” elected to represent Carrum, which forms a part of Banksia ward in the City of Kingston.[5]

State government[edit]

Since the state election on 29 November 2014, The suburb of Carrum has been represented by the Labor MP Sonya Kilkenny in Victoria's Legislative Assembly. The current MLC's for the South Eastern Metropolitan Region include; Gavin Jennings (ALP), Gordon Rich-Phillips (LIB), Adem Somyurek (ALP), Inga Peulich (LIB) and Nina Springle (AG). The suburb of Carrum falls within the Legislative Assembly's District of Carrum.

Members for Carrum:

Member Party Term
  Ian Cathie Labor 1976–1988
  Mal Sandon Labor 1988–1996
  David Lean Liberal 1996–1999
  Jenny Lindell Labor 1999–2010
  Donna Bauer Liberal 2010–2014
  Sonya Kilkenny Labor 2014–present

MLC's for South Eastern Metropolitan Region

Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Gavin Jennings Labor 2006–present   Gordon Rich-Phillips Liberal 2006–present   Adem Somyurek Labor 2006–present   Inga Peulich Liberal 2006–present   Bob Smith Labor 2006–2010
  Lee Tarlamis Labor 2010–2014
  Nina Springle Greens 2014–present

Federal government[edit]

Carrum falls within the Federal lower house Electorate of Isaacs. Carrum's current federal MP is Labor's shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus who has held the position since 2007. The Division of Isaacs is considered a safe Labor seat.

Members for Isaacs

Member Party Term
  David Hamer Liberal 1969–1974
  Gareth Clayton Labor 1974–1975
  David Hamer Liberal 1975–1977
  Bill Burns Liberal 1977–1980
  David Charles Labor 1980–1990
  Rod Atkinson Liberal 1990–1996
  Greg Wilton Labor 1996–2000
  Ann Corcoran Labor 2000–2007
  Mark Dreyfus Labor 2007–present


Radio Carrum[edit]

Radio Carrum is a Community Internet Radio Station Broadcasting a variety of unique programs based around the Carrum area. Popular shows include; AFL Gurus, Carrum Cricket Club Show, Friday Night Frothies and The Other Guys. The whole purpose of the station is to allow inspired people to present their findings, passions and obsessions.

Listen Live at Radio Carrum


Carrum is currently serviced by two major local community newspapers; The Mordialloc-Chelsea Leader and Bayside News.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Carrum (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 December 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Carrum's horse racing legacy continued". Cameron Howe. 22 February 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  3. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Five re-elected to expanded council". Bayside News. 11 November 2020. Retrieved 6 December 2020.