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 9,774 (2011)[1]
 • Density 3,760/km2 (9,740/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 a suburb in 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 2011 Census Elsternwick had a population of 9,774.

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). 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.[2]


The Elsternwick village was proposed in 1851.[5]

Elsternwick village was surveyed in 1856, and Elsternwick Post Office opened on 22 June 1860.[3]

In 1861 a railway line, operated by the Melbourne and Hobson's Bay United Railway Company, was built from Melbourne to Brighton, via Elsternwick.

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.

The first site of Caulfield Grammar School, founded in 1881, was adjacent to the Elsternwick railway station.

A tramline was opened along Glen Huntly Road [6] in 1889.

Elsternwick train station is on the Sandringham metropolitan train line Glen Huntly Road

A tramline between Elsternwick and Point Ormond opened in 1915; it closed on 22 October 1960.[4]

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 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).[5]

Glen Huntly Road in Elsternwick has a variety of cafés and restaurants.

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.[6]


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.[7]

Golfers play at the course of the Elsternwick Park Golf Club - better known as Royal Elsternwick - on Glen Huntly Road.[8]


Private Schools

The suburb has no government schools, with Elsternwick Primary School being now located in Northern Brighton

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Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

  • City of Caulfield - the former local government area of which Elsternwick was a part


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Elsternwick (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 February 2013.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ See Archived 1 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008 
  4. ^ The tram had no "route number".
  5. ^ Sex and the market
  6. ^ The Cash Railway Website: Hattam Stores, Elsternwick.
  7. ^ [2]. Retrieved November 2010
  8. ^ Golf Select, Elsternwick Park, retrieved 11 May 2009 
  9. ^ [3]. Retrieved 8 July 2010
  10. ^ [4]. Retrieved 8 July 2010
  11. ^ Janine, Burke. "Hester, Joy St Clair (1920–1960)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. 
  12. ^ Shaw, A.G.L. "Williams, Harry Llewellyn (1915–1961)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. 
  13. ^ Thomson, D.S. "Murdoch, Sir Alister Murray (1912–1984)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. 

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