Ivanhoe, Victoria

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Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe.jpg
Upper Heidelberg Road, 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

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]


The Boulevard Christmas Lights.[2]

Greenway's Ivanhoe Hotel was opened near current day Upper Heidelberg Road in 1854.[3]

The homestead "Chelsworth" was built in 1860 and was an early farming property. The origins of the property are traced to 1846 when Patrick Stevenson operated a local dairy farm. The house now forms part of the Ivanhoe Golf Course.[4]

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.[5]

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

The main station building of Ivanhoe train station was built in 1888.[6]

In 1913, the property "Clarivue" was built, described as "the grandest of the early medieval domestic revival houses in Heidelberg".[7] In about 1962 it became the home of the Ivanhoe RSL sub-branch. In April 2017,a major fire took hold of the building. As of March 2022, the heritage-listed Queen Ann style building located in Studley Road has remained untouched since, without repair or restoration.[8]

In 1937 the Heidelberg Town Hall at Ivanhoe was opened. It was noted at the time to be "one of the most noteworthy contributions made to suburban architecture in some years". The building features deeply recessed windows and doorways, a clock tower, main hall with seating accommodation for 1,000 people, laid with parquetry wood blocks, carpeted lounges, a full-size concert platform with dressing rooms, concealed lighting, a supper room, a large foyer, cloak rooms and a meeting-room or third hall beind the main hall. There was also a kitchen. Steps lead up to the municipal offices and council chamber for the Heidelberg City Council.[9]

In 1938, the Heidelberg Children's Free Library, in the Heidelberg Town Hall at Ivanhoe was opened.[10]

In the mid-1960s, the annual Boulevard Christmas lights event has taken place where dozen's of houses in The Boulevard, Ivanhoe are decorated for Christmas. It began as a community event for local residents. Banyule City Council became involved in later years.[11]

Ivanhoe library opened on 8 October 1965.[12] It was demolished and replaced on the same site next to the historic Town Hall with the Ivanhoe Library and Cultural Hub opening in 2021.[13]


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.


Ivanhoe Library & Cultural Hub

The Ivanhoe shopping centre strip along Upper Heidelberg road is of local historical and social significance. Some buildings were built in the 19th century, but most are form the period 1915-1940.[3]

Ivanhoe Library & Cultural Hub was completed in February 2021. The state-of-the-art building includes a modern accessible library, an art gallery, conference and meeting spaces, maternal and child health consulting suits, an informal theatrette and a cafe. It has also incorporated a major redevelopment of the existing heritage listed town hall. Its value is stated as $31 million.[14] Banyule U3A use it as one of its venues.[15] Ivanhoe Library is managed by Yarra Plenty Regional Library.

Hatch Contemporary Arts Space is managed by Banyule City Council[16] but closed in early 2021.[17]

Ivanhoe Reading Circle is Melbourne's longest running bookclub[18]

The Rotary Club of Ivanhoe

The Centre Ivanhoe (part of the former Heidelberg Town Hall) is an events venue[19]

Upper Heidelberg Road Commercial Centre[edit]

Heidelberg Town Hall in Ivanhoe

Upper Heidelberg Road is the suburb's centre and the location of the former Heidelberg Town Hall,[20] 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.


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.[21]

Sporting clubs[edit]

  • Ivanhoe City Soccer Club est. 2015[22]
  • 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[23]
  • Ivanhoe Golf Course on Vasey Street.[24]
  • Ivanhoe Park Croquet Club was established in 1913.[25]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Hessel, Michelle (13 December 1999). "Boulevard of Christmas Dreams". APA Publishing. Archived from the original on 8 January 2002. Retrieved 28 November 2005.
  3. ^ a b "Ivanhoe Shopping Centre". Heritage Council Victoria Victorian Heritage Database. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  4. ^ "Ivanhoe Golf Course". www.ivanhoegolfcourse.com.au. 19 May 2022. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  5. ^ Phoenix Auctions History, Post Office List, retrieved 2 April 2021
  6. ^ "Ivanhoe Train Station". Heritage Council Victoria Victorian Heritage Database. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  7. ^ Cunningham, Ebony Bowden, Melissa (21 April 2017). "Heritage-listed RSL building gutted by blaze in Ivanhoe on eve of Anzac Day". The Age. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  8. ^ Webb, Carolyn (18 March 2022). "Dysfunction, police, a mansion in ruins: What's going on at Ivanhoe RSL?". The Age. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  9. ^ "NOTABLE CONTRIBUTION TO ARCHITECTURE - Heidelberg's New Town Hall - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) - 29 Apr 1937". Trove. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  10. ^ "CHILDREN'S LIBRARY - Opened at Heidelberg - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) - 19 Sep 1938". Trove. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  11. ^ Webb, Carolyn (24 November 2020). "Light show's a no-go in the Boulevard of broken Christmas dreams". The Age. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  12. ^ "Library will serve 100,000 people". Diamond Valley news. 12 October 1965.
  13. ^ "Earthy palette with custom Krause bricks merges old and new at Ivanhoe Library". Architecture & Design. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  14. ^ "Ivanhoe Library & Cultural Hub". Buxton Construction. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  15. ^ "U3A Banyule Inc Vic | Community Education". www.u3abanyule.org.au. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  16. ^ "Hatch Contemporary Arts Space". Banyule City Council. Archived from the original on 25 August 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  17. ^ "Hatch Contemporary Arts Space". www.banyule.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  18. ^ "Ivanhoe Reading Circle". Ivanhoe Reading Circle. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  19. ^ "The Centre Ivanhoe". Peter Rowland. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  20. ^ "Victorian Heritage database". vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au. 5 January 2006. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  21. ^ "Former School Sites". Banyule City Council. 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  22. ^ "Ivanhoe CIty SC – Ivanhoe CIty SC". www.ivanhoecitysc.com.au. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  23. ^ "Ivanhoe Bowling Club Home page". Ivanhoebowlingclub.com.au. Archived from the original on 1 November 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  24. ^ Golf Select, Ivanhoe, retrieved 11 May 2009
  25. ^ "Ivanhoe Park Croquet Club". Heritage Council of Victoria Victorian Heritage Database. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  26. ^ a b "Peter Helliar moves closer to Melbourne". Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  27. ^ "Cate Blanchett's Childhood Home Goes Under The Hammer".
  28. ^ "Jerrems, Carol Joyce (1949–1980)". Carol Jerrems: ADB. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  29. ^ "Just a pit stop for hit Aussie duo Mim and Liv Nervo". Heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 31 October 2013.

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