Malvern East, Victoria
|• Density||2,856/km2 (7,400/sq mi)|
|Area||7.6 km2 (2.9 sq mi)|
|Location||12 km (7 mi) from Melbourne|
|LGA(s)||City of Stonnington|
Malvern East is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 12 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the City of Stonnington local government area. Malvern East recorded a population of 21,707 at the 2016 Census.
In recent times, what was once a relatively small suburb was extended to incorporate parts of neighbouring Chadstone. Based on its easterly proximity to Malvern, the expansion and redefinition of Malvern East was driven in the 1990s by resident groups eager to 'reclaim' their address from being identified with the Chadstone Shopping Centre, which had been massively expanded since its original construction. However, the Chadstone Shopping Centre shares the 'Malvern East' address and postcode.
The first Malvern East Post Office opened on 4 August 1914 and was renamed Wattletree Road twenty days later. The second Malvern East Post Office opened in 1924 and was renamed Central Park in 1928. The third Malvern East Post Office was renamed from Caulfield East in 1928, but reverted to that name in 1929. The fourth Malvern East Post Office opened around 1935 and closed in 1993.
Three Post Offices remain marking the major commercial areas of the suburb; Wattletree Road office on the corner of Tooronga Road, Central Park office on Burke Road near Wattletree Road and Darling South office on Waverley Road.
The suburb is also home to the Buddhist Society of Victoria, founded in 1953, making it the oldest Buddhist Institution in Victoria.
Parks and gardens
Malvern East has a number of popular public open spaces, the most notable of which are Hedgeley Dene Gardens, Central Park and the Urban Forest Reserve. While Central Park and its surrounding residential neighbourhood are subject to heritage protection, Hedgeley Dene Gardens is the first public open space to be designated worthy of protection on neighbourhood character grounds.
Malvern East is serviced by Darling, East Malvern and Holmesglen railway stations, all on the Glen Waverley line, Caulfield and Malvern railway stations on the Frankston line, Cranbourne line and Pakenham line and the numbers 3 and 5 tram routes.
The Melbourne bus routes 612, 623, 624, and 626 also services the area.
The suburb is also serviced by the community bike path along Gardiners Creek, which joins and is an integral part, of the Greater Melbourne network of bike paths.
The suburb has an Australian Rules football team, Tooronga Malvern Football Club, competing in the Southern Football League. The De La Salle Old Collegians Associated Football Club also competes at Waverley Park, on Waverley Road, in the Victorian Amateur Football Association in A Section.
Malvern East also boasts one of the largest Australian Rules Auskick clinics in Australia, which is held on Saturday mornings during winter.
Golfers play at the course of the East Malvern Golf Club, on Golfers Drive, the Malvern Valley Public Golf Course on Golfers Drive  or at the course of the Nepean Golf Club, on Waverley Road.
- City of Malvern – Malvern East was previously within this former local government area.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Malvern East (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 December 2009. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
- Golf Select, East Malvern, retrieved 11 May 2009
- Golf Select, Malvern Valley, retrieved 11 May 2009
- Golf Select, Nepean, retrieved 11 May 2009