Malvern, Victoria

Coordinates: 37°51′25″S 145°02′10″E / 37.857°S 145.036°E / -37.857; 145.036
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Malvern is located in Melbourne
Coordinates37°51′25″S 145°02′10″E / 37.857°S 145.036°E / -37.857; 145.036
Population9,929 (2021 census)[1]
 • Density3,420/km2 (8,870/sq mi)
Elevation59 m (194 ft)
Area2.9 km2 (1.1 sq mi)
Location8 km (5 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s)City of Stonnington
State electorate(s)Malvern
Federal division(s)Higgins
Suburbs around Malvern:
Toorak Kooyong Hawthorn East
Armadale Malvern Glen Iris
Caulfield North Caulfield East Malvern East

Malvern (/mɒlvərn/ [2]) is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 8 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the City of Stonnington local government area. Malvern recorded a population of 9,929 at the 2021 census. [1]


The area of Malvern was first settled by Europeans in 1835. John Gardiner was one of the first Europeans to make his home there.[3] A small hamlet known as "Gardiners Creek" (1851 Melbourne Postal Directory) was established, but it diminished with the gold rush. The nearby creek was also named Gardiners Creek. Gardiners Creek Road (now Toorak Road) ran from South Yarra, east to the junction of Gardiners Creek and onto the Gardiner Homestead, which is now the site of Scotch College.

In the 1860s the Gardiners Creek Roads Board was the forerunner of the Gardiners Creek Shire that then became Malvern Council.

Malvern Post Office opened on 1 January 1860 on Glenferrie Road, near Malvern Road. In 1892 this was renamed Malvern North when a new Malvern office on Glenferrie Road, near Wattletree Road, replaced the Malvern railway station office.[4]

The then shire hall (later town hall) was built in 1886, on the corner of Glenferrie Road and High Street and later extended.

Prahran & Malvern Tramways Trust ran their first car out of Malvern depot on 30 May 1910.

Malvern is the original home of Malvern Star, once Australia's largest and most well-known bicycle manufacturer.[5]


The main shopping attraction is Malvern Central, home to David Jones, Woolworths and BWS as well as forty other stores, mostly fashion stores like Cotton On Kids. Glenferrie Road is also Malvern's main shopping attraction, which has shop sas well as a wide variety of restaurants and boutiques.

There are several Victorian parks and gardens in Malvern, including Malvern Gardens, in Spring Road. This park has a beautiful fountain which was built on the site of a natural spring. The water used to flow naturally, but as the land was developed, the water feeding the spring was interrupted, and the fountain is now run by electricity.

The Malvern Town Hall, in the Second Empire style, is where the Stonnington City Council meets and is opposite the corporate headquarters known as the Stonnington City Centre, which is also home to the Malvern Police Station and the Stonnington Council.

Significant heritage buildings listed on the Victorian Heritage Register include Stonington mansion (1890), Malvern tram depot, the former ES&A Bank (on the corner of Glenferrie Road and High Street) and Malvern railway station.

Other significant buildings include St Joseph's Parish Church (Roman Catholic) and De La Salle College tower building. There is also an Anglican parish church dedicated to St George and the Malvern Presbyterian Church.

The Malvern Police Station is located at 288 Glenferrie Road opposite the new Stonnington council building and next to the town hall. Malvern Police Station was the first Station in the state to receive the new Ford Ranger Divisional Van. Malvern Police Station is also home to Protective Service Officers with the Transit Division.


Aerial panorama of Malvern facing west towards the Melbourne skyline and Port Philip Bay. April 2023.
Aerial panorama of Malvern facing east to the Dandenong Ranges. April 2023.
Aerial panorama of Malvern Town Hall intersected by Glenferrie Road and High Street. April 2023.
Aerial vista of the Malvern Cricket Ground. April 2023.

The Malvern tram depot, located on Glenferrie Road (off Coldbo Road, Armadale), provides trams for the various routes which service Malvern.

Malvern railway station is a busy station on the Frankston, Pakenham and Cranbourne lines, which has four platforms, three of which are in full operation. It is located on Station Street, Malvern (off Glenferrie Road). In addition, Tooronga station also services the northern section of the suburb, on the Glen Waverley line.

There are also various bus stops across Malvern, There is also a train replacement stop outside Malvern station (Dandenong Road) [6]


  • De La Salle College, Malvern, 1312–1326 High Street, with a second campus at 9 Northbrook Avenue, Malvern
  • Malvern Primary School, Tooronga Road
  • St Joseph's Primary School Malvern, 49 Stanhope Street
  • Malvern Central School, Spring Road (Year 3–6) And Park Street (Prep – Year 2)

Notable citizens[edit]


See also[edit]

  • City of Malvern – Malvern was previously within this former local government area.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Malvern (Vic.) (Suburbs and Localities)". 2021 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 17 July 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "How to pronounce Melbourne's tricky suburb names". Archived from the original on 22 October 2020. Retrieved 10 January 2024.
  3. ^ Leslie J. Wilmoth, 'Gardiner, John (1798–1878)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 1, MUP, 1966, p. 425.
  4. ^ Phoenix Auctions History, Post Office List, retrieved 1 April 2021
  5. ^ Canberra Bicycle Museum "Home Page". Archived from the original on 31 March 2008. Retrieved 19 March 2008.
  6. ^ "1. Home".
  7. ^ AustLit. "Bresciani, Andrea". Retrieved 13 September 2016 (subscription required for full access).

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