Cheltenham, Victoria

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City of Kingston Headquarters.jpg
The City of Kingston Headquarters on Nepean Highway, Cheltenham.
Cheltenham is located in Melbourne
Coordinates37°58′01″S 145°04′05″E / 37.967°S 145.068°E / -37.967; 145.068Coordinates: 37°58′01″S 145°04′05″E / 37.967°S 145.068°E / -37.967; 145.068
Population22,291 (2016)[1]
 • Density2,207/km2 (5,716/sq mi)
Area10.1 km2 (3.9 sq mi)
Location18 km (11 mi) from Melbourne
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
Suburbs around Cheltenham:
Highett Highett Moorabbin
Sandringham Cheltenham Heatherton
Black Rock Beaumaris Mentone

Cheltenham is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, located 18 km south-south-east of Melbourne's central business district. It is currently undergoing significant gentrification and development.[2] 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]

A significant feature in Cheltenham is a major shopping centre, Westfield Southland, that opened in 1968.


Cheltenham was one of the earliest areas to be settled in the parish of Moorabbin. It initially consisted of 625 acres of land purchased at auction by Josiah Holloway on 11 May 1852. He subdivided this land into 370 allotments that were offered for sale in 1853. Many of the blocks were two acres in size and this gave the community its first name, Two Acre Village.[3] Lot 13 was purchased by Charles Whorrell for £20, and was located on Schnapper Point Road (Nepean Highway) one block from the corner of Centre Dandenong Road.[4] On the allotment he built a hotel, the Cheltenham Inn, named after his home town in England, and a publican’s license was granted in 1854.[5] It was probably the first public building in the community and is believed to have given its name to the settlement..[6][7] Rebuilt over the years, it is now called the Tudor Inn.

Sufficient population had settled for a Post Office to open on 1 August 1857.[8] The community had a medical practitioner by November 1857, Dr Richard Goldstone (1802-1888).[9] A Mechanics’ Institute was opened in January 1865, with a Temperance Hall attached that could accommodate 300 people.[10]

Local government began with the creation of the Moorabbin Roads Board in 1862. This became the Moorabbin Shire Council in 1871. Which in turn became the City of Moorabbin in October 1934. This became the City of Kingston in 1994 following a program of municipal amalgamations initiated by the state government. Cheltenham is the largest suburb in the municipality in terms of size and population and it contains the seat of local government.

Cheltenham Park dates to 1872, and was used for cricket and other recreational activities.[11]

The area experienced a spurt of growth in the 1880s like many other parts of Melbourne.

Much residential development occurred in the 1940s and this continued into the 1980s. The growing population of the area saw the construction of the Southland shopping centre on Nepean Highway in the mid 1960s. 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 1993, the landmark 7-storey 1230 Nepean Highway office tower was built. The City of Kingston leased spaced within the building for use as its main office before purchasing it in 2010.[12]


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%.[1]


The Kingston centre is a large aged care and rehabilitation facility which opened on Warrigal Road, Cheltenham, in 1911 as the Melbourne Benevolent Asylum.[13] 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.[14][15]

In 2010, The Kingston Centre underwent a $46.3-million redevelopment, which was opened on 11 May 2012.[16][17]


There are six schools in the suburb of Cheltenham; five of which focus on Primary education with the remaining one focusing on Secondary education. They are:

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.[24]

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,[25] Sandringham Municipal Golf Links on Cheltenham Road,[26] and the Victoria Golf Club on Park Road[27]

The suburb has two Australian Rules football teams. The Rosellas compete in the Southern Football League, as well as the Panthers who compete in the South Metro Junior Football League

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 Cricket Southern Bayside.

Bentleigh Greens Soccer Club's senior team play in the National Premier Leagues Victoria which is the top tier in Victoria. Their home ground is the Kingston Heath Soccer Complex.


Westfield Southland's retail bridge over the Nepean Highway.

Cheltenham is home to the shopping centre Westfield Southland, located in the northern part of The suburb. When it opened in 1968 it featured a small number of “anchor tenants,” such as Myer and Woolworths, and dozens of smaller retailers, banks and cafes. Since its opening, the shopping centre has been continually expanded and renovated over the years. One such development was the construction of multi-level retail bridge across Nepean Highway linking to a newer three-level extension near the railway line. 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.[28]

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,[29] and it is a large shopping centre that contains up to 135 stores, mainly fashion outlets.[30]

Kingston Central Plaza, situated next to DFO, is also a new shopping precinct, which opened in 2008 and has 10 stores including: The Good Guys, Aldi and Sam's Warehouse.[31]

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.[32]

Places of worship[edit]

Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic church.

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.

Notable residents[edit]


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.[37]

Most burials now take place at the Cheltenham Memorial Park, located on Reserve Road, which was established in 1933.[38]

Notable burials[edit]

Both cemeteries contain the remains of many notable Australians:[39]


The suburb has been serviced by Cheltenham railway station since December 1881, which is located on the Frankston line, alongside Charman Road.[46] 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.[47] 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.

Library services[edit]

City of Kingston Library service, Cheltenham.

The Cheltenham branch of the City of Kingston Library is located 12 Stanley Avenue, Cheltenham.[48]

Activity Centres[edit]

Cheltenham is one of 82 higher order Major Activity Centres[49] 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.[50][51] Development of Cheltenham's Major Activity Centre, which is within 400m of Cheltenham railway station, is to be completed by 2030.[52]

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.[49][53][54]


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 Isaacs in the federal system.

In the 2018 Victorian State election and the 2019 Australian Federal Election, every booth in Cheltenham reported a majority of votes for the Labor Party.

State parliamentarians[edit]

Electoral district of Clarinda
Member Party Term
  Hong Lim Labor 2014–2018
  Meng Heang Tak Labor 2018-present
Electoral district of Mordialloc
Member Party Term
  Geoff Leigh Liberal 1992–2002
  Janice Munt Labor 2002–2010
  Lorraine Wreford Liberal 2010–2014
  Tim Richardson Labor 2014–present
Electoral district of Sandringham
Member Party Term
  Sir Murray Porter LCP 1955–1970
  Max Crellin Liberal 1970–1982
  Graham Ihlein Labor 1982–1985
  David Lea Liberal 1985–1992
  Murray Thompson Liberal 1992–present

Federal parliamentarians[edit]

Division of Goldstein
Member Party Term
  Ian Macphee Liberal 1984–1990
  David Kemp Liberal 1990–2004
  Andrew Robb Liberal 2004–2016
  Tim Wilson Liberal 2016–present
Division of Isaacs
  Mark Dreyfus Labor 2007–present

Cheltenham twin towns[edit]

Cheltenham on the Twinning Post in Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania, United States.

Cheltenham, Victoria, is a "twin town" with six other Cheltenham's around the world:[75][76][77][78]

The Nepean Highway and Charman Road intersection in Cheltenham.

See also[edit]


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