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
Coordinates 37°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
Population 20,292 (2011)[1]
 • Density 2,009/km2 (5,204/sq mi)
Established 1854
Postcode(s) 3192
Area 10.1 km2 (3.9 sq mi)
Location 19 km (12 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 19 km south-east of Melbourne's central business district.[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 2011 Census, Cheltenham had a population of 20,292.


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.[3] 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.[4]

Cheltenham Park was established in 1879 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 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.[5]


The Kingston centre is a large aged care and rehabilitation facility which opened on Warrigal Road, Cheltenham, in 1911 as the Melbourne Benevolent Asylum.[6] 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.[7] [8] In 2010, The Kingston Centre underwent a $46.3-million redevelopment, which was opened on 11 May 2012.[9][10]


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:

  • Cheltenham Secondary College - opened 1959[11]
  • Cheltenham Primary School - opened 1855 [12]
  • Cheltenham East Primary School - opened 1956 [13]
  • Le Page Primary School - opened 1994 [14]
  • Kingston Heath Primary School - opened 1976 [15]
  • Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Primary School - opened 1951 [16]

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.[17]

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 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,[18] Sandringham Municipal Golf Links on Cheltenham Road,[19] and the Victoria Golf Club on Park Road [20]

The suburb has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Southern Football League.[21]

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 four senior sides now play in the Victorian Turf Cricket Association.

The most famous son of Cheltenham Cricket & Football Clubs is Trevor Barker, who went on to play Australian Rules Football for the St. Kilda Club. Trevor, also a talented cricketer won his only Premiership with Cheltenham Cricket Club as an under 16. His father Jack coached the side.


Westfield Southland's retail bridge over the Nepean Highway.

Cheltenham is home to the super regional 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.[22]

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,[23] and it is a large shopping centre that contains up to 135 stores, mainly fashion outlets.[24]

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.[25]

Cheltenham Shopping centre is located in the heart of Cheltenham, on Charman Road. It is a large shopping strip that has a mixture of retail, residential buildings and offices.[26]

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.


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 last century.[27]

Most burials now take place at the Cheltenham Memorial Park, located on Reserve Road, which was established in 1933.[28]

Notable burials[edit]

Both cemeteries contain the remains of many notable Australians:[29]


Cheltenham railway station is located on the Frankston line, at Charman Road. 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.[30]

Activity Centres[edit]

Cheltenham Major Activity Centre[edit]

Cheltenham is one of 82 higher order Major Activity Centres[31] 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.[32][33] Development of Cheltenham's Major Activity Centre, which is within 400m of Cheltenham railway station, is to be completed by 2030.[34]

Developments within the activity centre include:[31]

Development Description Status
Cheltenham railway station redevelopment A new station forecourt, with a terraced plaza (to address the heritage listed buildings at the station) and a new taxi rank. A pedestrian underpass (similar to that of Mentone station) is to link both platforms, as well as link Cheltenham Park and the activity centre. A four-storey car park will be located on Park Road. Proposed
Cheltenham Plaza Road Refurbishment; new pedestrian safety; new toilet facilities; additional car spaces.
Cheltenham Central 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.
"Quest Cheltenham" The Quest Cheltenham apartment complex opened on 24 January 2011, with approximately 50 rooms,[35] on 7–storeys (with two basement floors).[36] Completed
"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.[37][38][39][40][41] Under Construction
"Ilixir" A 10–storey approved apartment complex on Railway Road. Once built, the entire complex will comprise 115 apartments and retail space.[42][43] Approved
"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.[44][45] Completed
157 Park Road A 4–storey apartment complex located on 157 Park Road. The development was completed in 2013.[46]
"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 Point" A 6–8-storey commercial building planned as a "unique gateway" to the Activity Centre located on the Charman Road-Nepean Highway intersection. Proposed
232-240 Charman Road A 5–storey apartment complex, to comprise 51 dwellings and retail tenancies and a shop.[47]

Southland Principal Activity Centre[edit]

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.

The activity centre is to feature:[31][48][49]

Development Description Status
"Southland railway station" Southland station is a long-proposed railway station on the Frankston railway line. In April 2014 the government announced construction would commence in late 2014, with the station to open in 2016.[50][51][52] Approved
Office tower An office tower to be built on the west-side of Westfield Southland. Proposed
Fueltown/Red Rooster Residential buildings to replace Fueltown and former Red Rooster store. This will provide an 'improved' gateway into the Southland/Cheltenham CBD.[53]


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.

State parliamentarians[edit]

Electoral district of Clarinda
Member Party Term
  Hong Lim Labor 2014–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–present
Division of Hotham
Member Party Term
  Don Chipp Liberal 1969–1977
  Independent 1977–1977
  Democrats 1977–1977
  Roger Johnston Liberal 1977–1980
  Lewis Kent Labor 1980–1990
  Simon Crean Labor 1990–2013
  Clare O'Neil Labor 2013–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:[54][55][56][57]

The Nepean Highway and Charman Road intersection in Cheltenham.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Postcode for Cheltenham, Victoria". 
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  19. ^ Golf Select, Sandringham, retrieved 2009-05-11 
  20. ^ Golf Select, Victoria, retrieved 2009-05-11 
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  40. ^ "The good oil - forthcoming apartment releases". Urban Melbourne. 7 February 2014
  41. ^ The Village Cheltenham – Urban Melbourne. Urban Melbourne. Retrieved 17 November 2015
  42. ^ Ilixir, 2-6 Railway Road, Cheltenham - Urban Melbourne. Urban Melbourne. Retrieved 17 November 2015
  43. ^ 'Railway Road Cheltenham'. Doig Architecture
  44. ^ Moorabbin Leader: "Apartment complex for Cheltenham"
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  50. ^ Early works to start on Frankston line's Southland station Premier of Victoria 23 April 2014
  51. ^ Deal reached to build new station at Southland Shopping Centre ABC News 23 April 2014
  52. ^ Bayside Leader: Both parties promise Southland train station
  53. ^ Moorabbin-Kingston Leader: Move on derelict Cheltenham site
  54. ^ "Cheltenham Twinning Association". Cheltenham Twinning Association. 
  55. ^ "Information on other Cheltenhams around the world - Other Cheltenhams - Cheltenham Borough Council". 
  56. ^ Other Cheltenhams
  57. ^ "Twinning Committee - Cheltenham, PA". 

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