Malvern, Victoria

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Malvern Town Hall
Malvern is located in Melbourne
Coordinates 37°51′25″S 145°02′10″E / 37.857°S 145.036°E / -37.857; 145.036Coordinates: 37°51′25″S 145°02′10″E / 37.857°S 145.036°E / -37.857; 145.036
Population 9,504 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 3,280/km2 (8,490/sq mi)
Established 1835
Postcode(s) 3144
Area 2.9 km2 (1.1 sq mi)
Location 8 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 (/ˈmɔːlvən/) is a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, 8 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Stonnington. At the 2011 Census, Malvern had a population of 9,504.


The area of Malvern was first settled in 1835.

John Gardiner was one of its first settlers.[2] A small hamlet known as "Gardiners Creek" (1851 Melbourne Postal Directory) was settled, 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.[3]

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

Prahran and 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.[4]


Its main shopping attractions are Malvern Central, home to high-end department store David Jones and Glenferrie Road, housing a wide variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques.

There are several beautiful Victorian parks and gardens in Malvern, including Malvern Gardens, in Spring Road.

The Stonnington City Centre (formerly Malvern Town Hall), in Second Empire style, is now the corporate headquarters for the City of Stonnington.

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 the 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 a Presbyterian Church.


The Malvern tram depot, located on Glenferrie Road, provides trams for the various routes which service Malvern.

Malvern Station is a busy station, on the Frankston, Pakenham and Cranbourne lines. In addition, Tooronga Station also services the northern section of the suburb, on the Glen Waverley line.


  • De La Salle College, Malvern
  • Malvern Primary School, Tooronga Road
  • St Joseph's Primary School
  • Malvern Central School, Spring Road

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  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Malvern (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Leslie J. Wilmoth, 'Gardiner, John (1798–1878)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 1, MUP, 1966, p. 425.
  3. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008 
  4. ^ Canberra Bicycle Museum
  5. ^ AustLit. "Bresciani, Andrea". Retrieved 13 September 2016 (subscription required for full access).

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