Ivanhoe, Victoria

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Heidelberg Town Hall 01a.jpg
Heidelberg Town Hall in Ivanhoe
Ivanhoe is located in Melbourne
Coordinates37°46′13″S 145°02′45″E / 37.7703°S 145.0457°E / -37.7703; 145.0457Coordinates: 37°46′13″S 145°02′45″E / 37.7703°S 145.0457°E / -37.7703; 145.0457
Population12,171 (2016)[1]
 • Density2,386/km2 (6,180/sq mi)
Area5.1 km2 (2.0 sq mi)
Location9 km (6 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s)City of Banyule
State electorate(s)Ivanhoe
Federal Division(s)Jagajaga
Suburbs around Ivanhoe:
Preston Bellfield Heidelberg
Thornbury Ivanhoe Eaglemont
Alphington Kew East Ivanhoe East
The Boulevard Christmas Lights

Ivanhoe is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Banyule. At the 2016 Census, Ivanhoe had a population of 12,171.[1]


Ivanhoe Post Office opened on 1 September 1874. Ivanhoe North Post Office, on Waterdale Road near Banksia Street opened on 17 May 1926. An Ivanhoe West Post Office was open from 1955 until 1988.[2]

Many streets in the area derive their names from characters in the novel Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott.


In the 2016 Census, there were 12,171 people in Ivanhoe. 69.2% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were China 3.6%, England 2.6%, India 2.2%, Italy 2.1% and New Zealand 1.3%. 71.0% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 4.4%, Greek 3.6%, Italian 3.5%, Cantonese 1.5% and Spanish 0.9%. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 38.2% and Catholic 26.5%.[1]


The Yarra River forms the southern boundary of the suburb, with a golf course and a narrow riparian strip reserve. Darebin Creek runs along the western boundary of the suburb.


Hatch Contemporary Arts Space is managed by Banyule City Council[3]

Ivanhoe Library is managed by Yarra Plenty Regional Library.

Ivanhoe Reading Circle is Melbourne's longest running bookclub[4]

The Rotary Club of Ivanhoe

Upper Heidelberg Road Commercial Centre[edit]

Upper Heidelberg Road is the suburb's centre and the location of the former Heidelberg Town Hall,[5] now known as The Centre Ivanhoe. The town hall is a classic 'art-deco' building on top of a hill, with a green neon clockface on a tower. Due to historical considerations, the town hall continues to host Banyule City Council meetings notwithstanding their main offices moving to Greensborough in 2017.[6]


The suburb has two railway stations; Ivanhoe, which is located in the Zone 1 and 2 overlap of the public transport system and Darebin, wholly within Zone 1, is also located in the suburb.


The suburb hosts two elite private schools; Ivanhoe Grammar School, established in 1915 and Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School. It is also home to one of Victoria's oldest state schools, Ivanhoe Primary School, established in 1853. The Victorian State Government, through the Department of Education, closed Bellfield Primary School at 229 Banksia Street, Ivanhoe and sold the site to Banyule City Council in August 2013. The housing development by Stockland was built on the site.[7]

Sporting clubs[edit]

  • Ivanhoe City Soccer Club est. 2015[8]
  • Ivanhoe Amateur Football Club since 1910
  • Old Ivanhoe Grammarians Football Club est.1964
  • Ivanhoe Knights Basketball Club
  • Ivanhoe Junior Football Club
  • Old Ivanhoe Grammarians Cricket Club
  • West Ivanhoe United Cricket Club
  • East Ivanhoe Saints Cricket Club
  • Ivanhoe Cricket Club
  • Ivanhoe Harriers Athletics Club
  • Ivanhoe Bowls Club est. 1912 [9]
  • Ivanhoe Golf Course on Vasey Street.[10]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


Hessel, Michelle. (1999) Boulevard of Christmas Dreams <https://web.archive.org/web/20020108094122/http://www.apapublishing.com.au/articles/56.asp> APA Publishing: 13 December 1999 retrieved 28 November 2005.


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Ivanhoe (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
  3. ^ "Hatch Contemporary Arts Space". Banyule City Council. Archived from the original on 25 August 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Ivanhoe Reading Circle". Ivanhoe Reading Circle. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Victorian Heritage database". vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au. 5 January 2006. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Banyule Council has finally moved into its 'Taj Mahal' head office". banyule.vic.gov.au. 25 April 2017. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Former School Sites". Banyule City Council. 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Ivanhoe CIty SC – Ivanhoe CIty SC". www.ivanhoecitysc.com.au. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Ivanhoe Bowling Club Home page". Ivanhoebowlingclub.com.au. Archived from the original on 1 November 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  10. ^ Golf Select, Ivanhoe, retrieved 11 May 2009
  11. ^ "Cate Blanchett's Childhood Home Goes Under The Hammer".
  12. ^ a b "Peter Helliar moves closer to Melbourne". Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Carol Jerrems: ADB". Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  14. ^ "Just a pit stop for hit Aussie duo Mim and Liv Nervo". Heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 31 October 2013.

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