|• Density||2,207/km2 (5,716/sq mi)|
|Area||10.1 km2 (3.9 sq mi)|
|Location||18 km (11 mi) from Melbourne|
Cheltenham is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, located 18 km south-east of Melbourne's central business district which is currently undergoing significant gentrification and development. Its local government area is the City of Kingston to the eastern side of the area's metropolitan railway line and Charman Road north, while the City of Bayside presides over the suburb's western region towards extensive golf links, parks and Port Phillip Bay. At the 2016 census, Cheltenham had a population of 22,291.
- 1 History
- 2 Population
- 3 Health
- 4 Education
- 5 Sport
- 6 Shopping
- 7 Places of worship
- 8 Notable residents
- 9 Cemeteries
- 10 Transport
- 11 Library services
- 12 Activity Centres
- 13 Politics
- 14 Cheltenham twin towns
- 15 See also
- 16 References
- 17 External links
Cheltenham includes one of the early estates in the parish of Moorabbin developed by Josiah Holloway from 1852. Named Two Acre Village lots were sold between 1853 and 1854 and the township was renamed Cheltenham. Sufficient population had settled for Cheltenham Post Office to open on 1 August 1857, although the major growth of the township was in the 1880s.
Cheltenham Park dates back to 1872, and is used for cricket and other recreational activities.
Much of the residential development was built in the 1940s and continued into the 1980s. Cheltenham also has a large industrial area on the eastern edge and a smaller area at the far western edge. The western area is noted for Melbourne's only lift test shaft.
In the 2016 Census, there were 22,291 people in Cheltenham. 66.6% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were England 3.9%, China 2.8%, India 2.2%, Greece 2.2% and New Zealand 1.6%. 72.4% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Greek 4.8%, Mandarin 3.1%, Russian 1.7%, Italian 1.5% and Hindi 0.8%. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 34.2%, Catholic 23.6% and Anglican 10.3%.
The Kingston centre is a large aged care and rehabilitation facility which opened on Warrigal Road, Cheltenham, in 1911 as the Melbourne Benevolent Asylum. It was known as the Cheltenham Home and Hospital for the Aged from 1965 through to 1970, before it was renamed to the Kingston Centre.The Heatherton Sanatorium with its entrance on Kingston Road (Heatherton, Victoria) is a now defunct sanatorium located behind the Kingston Centre and it operated for nearly 85 years, before it was closed in 1998. 
- Cheltenham Secondary College, (1959)
- Cheltenham Primary School, (1855)
- Cheltenham East Primary School, (1956)
- Le Page Primary School, (1994) 
- Kingston Heath Primary School, (1976)
- Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Primary School, (1951)
Le Page Primary School was formed as a result of the merger of former primary schools Cheltenham Heights Primary School and Cheltenham North Primary School in 1994.
The Cheltenham Community and Education Centre is located at 8 Chesterville Road, Cheltenham. They offer English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, courses, childcare facilities and workshops.
Cheltenham is home to sporting facilities and clubs. Sports played in the area include soccer, golf, cricket, Australian Rules football, lawn bowls, baseball and swimming. There are a number of golf courses in Cheltenham; Cheltenham Golf Club on Victor Avenue which has nine holes however can be played as an eighteen-hole course from different tee boxes, Sandringham Municipal Golf Links on Cheltenham Road, and the Victoria Golf Club on Park Road 
Cheltenham Football and Cricket Clubs are based in Weatherall Road. The Cricket Club was established in 1872, originally in the Frankston-Glenhuntly Cricket Association, and migrating to the Federal District Cricket Association where the junior sides still play. The three senior sides now play in the Victorian Turf Cricket Association.
Cheltenham is home to the shopping centre Westfield Southland, located in the northern part of Cheltenham. The centre was opened in 1968 and it featured a couple of stores. Since its opening, the shopping centre has been continually expanded over the years resulting in a multi-level retail bridge across Nepean Highway to a newer site. Southland now features up to 416 stores including 3 department stores, 3 discount department stores, 3 supermarkets, 3 electrical retailers and a 16 screen Village Cinemas Multiplex.
Many new retail outlets have popped up in Cheltenham in recent years, most notably Direct Factory Outlets Moorabbin, which is located adjacent to Moorabbin Airport. DFO was originally built in 1992 as Fairways Market, and it is a large shopping centre that contains up to 135 stores, mainly fashion outlets.
Cheltenham Shopping centre is located in the centre of Cheltenham, on Charman Road. It is a large shopping strip that has a mixture of retail, residential buildings and offices.
Places of worship
There are a number of religious organisations and places of worship in Cheltenham, including Anglican, Church of Christ, Uniting, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic and Pentecostal/Charismatic Christian churches.
- Albert Allnutt - farmer and politician
- Vera Scantlebury Brown - medical practitioner
- James Cuthbertson - poet
- David Davies - artist
- Charles French - entomologist
- Sir William Fry - politician
- Hermann Herlitz - pastor
- Sir Robert Jackson - UN administrator
- Alan Jeans - football coach
- Henry Kane - schoolmaster
- Hattie Leckie - journalist
- Stella Power - soprano
- Joyce Vickery - botanist
- Bob Wilkie - footballer
The Cheltenham Pioneers Cemetery is located in Charman Road, next to the railway station, and was established in October 1864. The cemetery has many of Cheltenham's most distinguished inhabitants. There are also many memorials to some of Cheltenham's youngest inhabitants, such as the many unnamed babies from the nearby Children's Home (the site is now occupied by Westfield Southland Shopping centre) who died as a result of disease early in the 20th century.
Most burials now take place at the Cheltenham Memorial Park, located on Reserve Road, which was established in 1933.
Both cemeteries contain the remains of many notable Australians:
- Clarice Beckett – artist and painter of the 1920s and 1930s.
- George Bowden – Australian Country Party politician
- Sizar Elliott - merchant
- Benjamin Harriman - public servant
- Stanislaw Halpern - artist and potter
- Julius Herz - musician
- Sir George Jones – senior commander in the Royal Australian Air Force
- Adeline Keating - businesswoman
- Les Coates – Australian Labor Party politician
- Edmond Hogan – Australian Labor Party politician; 30th Premier of Victoria
- Raymond Lambert - musician
- Sir James Gordon Legge – Army officer
- Sir Matthew Henry Davies – politician
- Sir William Gordon Fry – Liberal Party of Australia politician
- Leo Grills – actor and comedian
- Mary Hardy – comedian
- John Mather – artist
- Jessica Jacobs – actress
- Mersina Halvagis – murder victim
- Vera Scantlebury Brown – medical practitioner and pediatrician
- Ron Casey – Sporting and media personality
- May Vale - artist
- Henry Walters - public servant
- Ivo Whitton – amateur golfer
The suburb has been serviced by Cheltenham railway station since December 1881, which is located on the Frankston line, alongside Charman Road. In 2017 an additional railway station opened in Cheltenham's north; Southland railway station adjacent to the busy shopping centre of the same name,Westfield Southland shopping complex. Bus routes also service the suburb, mainly focusing on the large Westfield Southland Shopping centre complex, Warrigal Road (Highway) to the far east, Park Road to the north and Centre Dandenong Road around the suburb's geographic centre.
The Cheltenham branch of the City of Kingston Library is located 12 Stanley Avenue, Cheltenham.
Cheltenham is one of 82 higher order Major Activity Centres identified by the Melbourne 2030 growth planning policy. Although the growth planning policy was scrapped by the Victorian coalition government in April 2011, some elements of the policy still remain, including activity centres. Development of Cheltenham's Major Activity Centre, which is within 400m of Cheltenham railway station, is to be completed by 2030.
Southland is one of 28 Principal Activity Centre's located adjacent to the Highett Activity Centre and the Cheltenham Activity Centre. The activity centre's main focal point is Westfield Southland shopping complex.
|Developments within the Cheltenham and Southland activity centres|
|232-240 Charman Road||A 5–storey apartment complex, to comprise 51 dwellings and retail tenancies.||Proposed|
|7-21 Station Street||A 9–storey apartment complex, to comprise 57 dwellings and 8 serviced apartments.|
|44-46 Station Street||A 7–storey apartment complex, to comprise 42 dwellings.|
|Cheltenham Central refurbishment||Refurbishment of the three–level car park between Station Road, Cheltenham Plaza and Railway Road. Car park is to host a three-level apartment complex above the car park.|
|Chester||A 6–storey apartment complex, to comprise 32 dwellings.|
|The Point||A 6 to 8–storey commercial building planned as a "unique gateway" to the Activity Centre located on the Charman Road-Nepean Highway intersection.|
|1261-1263 Nepean Highway||An 8–storey apartment complex, to comprise 90 dwellings.||Approved|
|Cheltenham railway station underground rail development||As part of the Andrews State Government's crossings removal project, Cheltenham station will be redeveloped into a rail trench – as to negate the rail crossings at Charman and Park roads. The 1.26 kilometres (0.78 miles)–long trench will be at least 30 metres wide; this will facilitate the reinstatement of Cheltenham's third track (currently in–use as a dock). Road bridges will be constructed over the rail-line for both Charman and Park roads. Furthermore, a multi–deck car-park will be built within the station's existing car–park.|
|11-19 Hall Street||A 4–storey apartment complex under construction, set to comprise 62 dwellings.||Under Construction|
|Barker Maude||A 4–storey apartment complex under construction, set to comprise 53 dwellings.|
|Ilixir||A 10–storey apartment complex on Railway Road. The entire complex will comprise 115 apartments and retail space. Construction on the A$60 million apartment project commenced in January 2016, with a completion date expected in Spring 2017.|
|The Village Cheltenham||The Village Cheltenham is an 8–storey apartment complex under construction adjacent to the Kingston Municipal Offices. Once built, the entire complex will comprise 190 apartments, offices, and a café.|
|Southland railway station||Southland station is a long-proposed railway station on the Frankston railway line. The State Government approved the station in 2014. Construction on the railway station commenced in August 2016.|
|157 Park Road||A 4–storey apartment complex located on 157 Park Road. The development was completed in 2013.||Completed|
|Cheltenham Plaza Road refurbishment||Refurbishment; new pedestrian safety; new toilet facilities; additional car spaces.|
|The Charman||The Charman is a 4–storey apartment complex that is located on Charman Road, adjacent to Nepean Highway. It was completed in 2014.|
|The Fore||The Fore is a 4–storey apartment complex that is located on Charman Road adjacent to Cheltenham Railway Station. It contains 43 apartments, and was completed in 2012.|
|Quest Cheltenham||The Quest Cheltenham apartment complex opened on 24 January 2011, with approximately 50 rooms, in 7–storeys (with two basement floors).|
In terms of State and Federal Government, Cheltenham is situated in the Electoral district of Clarinda, Mordialloc and Sandringham for state parliament and the Electoral district of Goldstein and Hotham in the federal system.
Cheltenham twin towns
- Cheltenham, England
- Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania, United States
- Cheltenham, Ontario, Canada
- Cheltenham, St. Louis, Missouri, United States
- Cheltenham, New South Wales, Australia
- Cheltenham, Auckland, New Zealand
- Cheltenham Football Club
- Cheltenham railway station
- Cheltenham Secondary College
- City of Bayside - current LGA
- City of Kingston - current LGA
- City of Moorabbin - former LGA
- City of Sandringham - former LGA
- DFO Moorabbin
- Kingston Heath Soccer Complex
- Pennydale, Victoria - former suburb part of Cheltenham
- Southland railway station
- Westfield Southland
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