Elsternwick, Victoria

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Shops - Elsternwick.jpg
Victorian shopfronts on the corner of Glen Huntly and St Georges Roads
Elsternwick is located in Melbourne
Location in metropolitan Melbourne
Coordinates 37°53′13″S 145°00′22″E / 37.887°S 145.006°E / -37.887; 145.006Coordinates: 37°53′13″S 145°00′22″E / 37.887°S 145.006°E / -37.887; 145.006
Population 10,347 (2016)[1]
 • Density 3,980/km2 (10,310/sq mi)
Established 1861
Postcode(s) 3185
Area 2.6 km2 (1.0 sq mi)
LGA(s) City of Glen Eira
State electorate(s) Caulfield
Federal Division(s)
Suburbs around Elsternwick:
Elwood St Kilda East Caulfield North
Ripponlea, Brighton Elsternwick Caulfield
Brighton Gardenvale Caulfield South

Elsternwick is an inner suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 9 km south-east of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Glen Eira. At the 2016 Census Elsternwick had a population of 10,349.

In terms of its cadastral division, Elsternwick is in the parish of Prahran within the County of Bourke.

It is bounded by Nepean Highway, Elster Avenue, Kooyong Road, Glen Eira Road and Hotham Street (the continuation of Williams Road). Elsternwick Park nearby and Elsternwick Park Golf Club bordered by Nepean Highway and Glen Huntly Road have always been connected with the suburb name of Elsternwick.


In the same way that Ripponlea took its name from the "Rippon Lea Estate" of Sir Frederick Sargood, Elsternwick took its name from the largest property in the district: Charles Ebden's house Elster (Elster is German for "magpie" de:Elster).[2] The area was previously known as Red Bluff.

The creek nearby became known as the Elster Creek; and, when a village grew up on the creek, the Anglo-Saxon suffix ‘wick’, meaning village, was added.[3]


The Elsternwick village was proposed in 1851 [5]. Elsternwick was originally situated across three municipalities - Caulfield, Brighton and St Kilda. At the end of the 1880s unsuccessful attempts were made for Elsternwick to become administratively independent. Today it is in the Local Government Area of the City of Glen Eira. The postcode is 3185.

Elsternwick village was surveyed in 1856, and Elsternwick Post Office opened on 22 June 1860.[4]

In 1861 a railway line, operated by the Melbourne and Hobson's Bay United Railway Company, was built from Melbourne to Brighton, via Elsternwick. The Elsternwick train station is on the Sandringham metropolitan train line Glen Huntly Road. The first site of Caulfield Grammar School, founded in 1881, was adjacent to the Elsternwick railway station.

In the 1880s, the Elsternwick railway station was also the Melbourne end of the railway line to the large-scale sugar beet processing mill at Rosstown (see Rosstown Railway) — now known as Carnegie — and beyond. This railway was seldom used, and it ceased to function in 1916.

A tramline was opened along Glen Huntly Road in 1889. Another tramline, running between Elsternwick and Point Ormond, was opened on 4 June 1915,[5] and was closed on 22 October 1960.[6]


Glen Huntly Road in Elsternwick has a variety of cafés and restaurants, and Elsternwick is the home of perhaps the best-known brothel in Australia, and certainly Melbourne; Daily Planet, which was the first in the world to be listed on a stock exchange (the Australian Securities Exchange).[7]

Hattam (Mens and Boys Wear) Stores, at 383 Glenhuntly Road, a long, narrow shop, is one of the last locations in Australia that still has a Lamson "Rapid Wire" Cash Carrier in place; it connects three locations in the lower section of the shop with the central cashier's desk.[8]

The 2017 season of The Block was located in Elsternwick in Regent St.


Elsternwick railway station is located on Riddell Parade next to Glen Huntly Road. Melbourne Tram Route No. 67 links from Glen Huntly Road in Elsternwick to Melbourne CBD through Brighton and St Kilda Roads.


The Elsternwick Cricket Club was founded in August 1901. The Elsternwick Main Oval, now known as Sportscover Arena or Elsternwick Park, was established shortly after the club's foundation. The 'Wickas', as the club is affectionately known, plays in the Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association.[9]

Golfers play at the course of the Elsternwick Park Golf Club - better known as Royal Elsternwick - on Glen Huntly Road.[10]

The Elsternwick Croquet Club, founded in 1911, is situated in the Hopetoun Gardens.


State Schools[edit]

The Elsternwick Primary School — once officially located in "Brickwood Street, Elsternwick" — is now, without any shift in its physical position, officially located in Murphy Street, Brighton ([6]); and, consequently, the suburb currently has no government schools.

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  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Elsternwick (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 February 2013. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Victorian Place Names, The (Sydney) Truth, (Sunday, 30 November 1913), p.9.
  3. ^ See Archived 1 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
  5. ^ Electric Tramways, The Age, (Saturday, 5 June 1915), p.13; Opening of the Elsternwick to Point Ormond Electric Tram Line, The Punch (Melbourne), (Thursday, 10 June 1915), p.20.
  6. ^ The tram had no "route number".
  7. ^ Sex and the market
  8. ^ The Cash Railway Website: Hattam Stores, Elsternwick.
  9. ^ [2]. Retrieved November 2010
  10. ^ Golf Select, Elsternwick Park, retrieved 11 May 2009
  11. ^ [3]. Retrieved 8 July 2010
  12. ^ [4]. Retrieved 8 July 2010
  13. ^ Janine, Burke. "Hester, Joy St Clair (1920–1960)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University.
  14. ^ Shaw, A.G.L. "Williams, Harry Llewellyn (1915–1961)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University.
  15. ^ Thomson, D.S. "Murdoch, Sir Alister Murray (1912–1984)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University.

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